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Vestas cuts 200 more jobs in Colorado

UNITED STATES: Vestas has continued its US restructuring programme and cut 200 jobs at its Windsor, Colorado blade manufacturing plant.

The jobs are to go at Vestas' Windsor blade manufacturing plant
The jobs are to go at Vestas' Windsor blade manufacturing plant

The cuts follow on from this weeks announcement that 80 jobs were to go at its Brighton, Colorado plant. Prior to this, Vestas has cut around 90 jobs at its Pueblo plant.

In all, Vestas chief executive Ditlev Engel has said the company would cut 1,600 jobs if the production tax credit (PTC) was not renewed.

The 200 job losses at Windsor represent 29% of the plant's workforce. The $60 million factory was opened in 2007 and has played a major part of Vestas' US manufacturing.

In July 2010, New York-based developer Terra-Gen Power signed a 570MW order with Vestas for 190 V90-3.0 MW turbines, to go to California's Alta Wind Energy Centre, which would be made at the Windsor plant. It was the largest order Vestas has received for a single site.

Later that year, Vestas purchased 80 acres to the east of the facility, which is located near Greeley, for $2.5million. The additional land was to store the blades prior to delivery.

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