Vestas to add 850 workers in US

Vestas expects to hire more than 850 temporary workers in 2014 at its four Colorado plants with 400 added to the payroll so far this year, as the company works flat-out to fill wind turbine orders.

"We are going to be extremely busy making blades, nacelles and towers this year through at least 2015," Chris Brown, president of Vestas' sales and service division in North America, says in a statement.

Vestas has production facilities in Brighton for blades and nacelles, in Pueblo for towers and in Windsor for blades.

Workers hired will have the opportunity to become full-time employees in the future.

Brown told Recharge last months that Vestas is on a roll in the United States and that both its turbine and O & M businesses will remain strong well into 2015.

In recent months, the Danish company has announced 1.733GW of firm orders in North America – mainly in the US with about 960MW in Texas alone – with potential for 2.6GW of additional ones.

The 2MW V100 and V110 platforms have become best sellers with almost 900MW firm sales between them in the US.

Vestas is challenging Siemens for the number two spot in the US market, which it lost in 2012. General Electric is the market leader. The Big Three have dominated order flow through 2016 totaling at least 7GW in firm orders. Acciona and Gamesa have publicly announced one order each.