in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Less than two months after launching a work-share program designed to retain employees at three of its Colorado manufacturing facilities, Vestas has announced that it is laying off a total of 110 workers at its blade factories in Windsor and Brighton, Colo.

The company will also discontinue its participation in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's work-share program. Under that program, hourly workers at the company's Windsor and Brighton blade facilities were working 32-hour work weeks, and workers at the company's Pueblo tower factory were working 24-hour work weeks.

All of the remaining hourly production workers at the Windsor and Brighton blade factories will move back to 40-hour work weeks, effective Feb. 25.

The new round of layoffs does not impact employees at Vestas’ nacelle factory in Brighton or its tower factory in Pueblo. In fact, due to a recently signed tower supply deal, Vestas will add more than 100 jobs in Pueblo by the end of this quarter, the company said.

Like many other companies in the wind energy supply chain, Vestas has suffered the financial consequences of last year’s uncertainty about the fate of the production tax credit. Last year, the company cut nearly 5,000 positions, representing about 22% of its global workforce. Earlier this month, Vestas said it expects to lay off another 1,800 employees globally by the end of this year.



Helukabel_id1908
Latest Top Stories

Report Disputes U.S. Agency's Renewable Energy Projections

A new analysis from the Sun Day Campaign says renewables are slated to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2018 - over 20 years earlier than forecast by the Energy Information Administration.


Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.


Feds List New Bird Species As Threatened - Should Wind Developers Be Worried?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. An expert explains how this might affect the wind industry.


Senate Committee Passes Bill With Two-Year PTC Extension

The Senate Finance Committee has voted on a tax extenders package, which includes both the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit, and sent it to the floor.

JLG_id1900
UEA_id1896
Acciona_id1907
WomenofWind_id
bonfiglioli_id1913
AWEA_id1886