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Vestas brings in US jobs with NA tower deal

UNITED STATES: Vestas has signed a deal with an unnamed contractor to supply towers in North America from its factory at Pueblo, Colorado.

Pueblo makes towers for the V90 wind turbine
Pueblo makes towers for the V90 wind turbine

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The manufacturer was unable to state the name of the customer or how many towers would be going to either Canada or the US. The agreement means Vestas will be able to create 100 jobs by the end of Q1.

However, Vestas did say the first batch new order would take up to 25% of its capacity. When Windpower Monthly covered the opening of the factory in 2008, the maximum output at Pueblo was 900 towers a year.

Vestas COO Jean-Marc Lechêne said: "Vestas is continuously evaluating its manufacturing footprint and opportunities to utilise the current production capacity better. Producing components for third parties is part of this strategy, and although we have had other smaller orders, this new agreement is the first major step in realising this plan."

Tony Knopp, vice president of Vestas Towers America, said: "Our tower factory employees are very excited about this new order. The extension of the production tax credit (PTC) at the beginning of the year also was an important factor in securing this contract, and we are now in the process of evaluating our ramp-up plan."

Earlier this month, Vestas announced it was cutting Pueblo workers' hours from 32 to 24 hours a week. Vestas said the change takes effect from next week. The company also cut 90 jobs at the plant in November.

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