Wednesday March 12, 2014 0 commentsDENVER - Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said it is hiring hundreds of new workers at its Colorado production facilities to fill orders in 2013, which was "one of the best years for wind turbine orders" for the Denmark-based company.
Vestas said its blade factory in Windsor, blade and nacelle factories in Brighton and tower factory in Pueblo expect to add more than 850 production workers this year after receiving orders in 2013 for nearly 900 turbines.
Working with Elwood Staffing, Vestas said it has already filled about 400 positions so far this year after receiving more than 3,200 applications. About 450 additional factory positions will be filled later this year, the company said.
"We are going to be extremely busy making blades, nacelles and towers this year through at least 2015," said Chris Brown, Vestas' president of sales and service in the U.S. and Canada.
"We have excellent turbines like the V110-2.0MW and V100-2.0 MW that are very competitive in the U.S. market, and they're made right here in Colorado."
The positions being filled are temporary with the opportunity to be hired as regular Vestas employees, the company said. Since 2013, Vestas said it has converted more than 60 temporary employees to full-time employment at its Brighton blade factory.
Based on orders received in 2013, Vestas said it has the potential for an additional 2.6 GW of turbine sales in the U.S. and Canada. The company is also exporting turbines from Colorado to Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay.
By the end of 2014, Vestas said it expects to have more than 2,000 workers employed in Colorado.