More layoffs at Vestas US blade plants

Vestas on Thursday carried out a new round of production line worker layoffs at rotor blade factories in Brighton and Windsor, Colorado, a move taken to “adjust capacity to market demand for wind turbine orders in 2013.”

The workforce reduction represents about 10% of Vestas’ 1,100 manufacturing employees in the state, according to the Danish company. Employment peaked at 1,700 several years ago.

“We are disappointed that we must lay off many of our highly skilled employees,” the company says in a statement.

All remaining hourly production workers at the two blade factories will move back to 40-hour work weeks effective 25 February, after a temporary reduction to 32 late last year. Both plants had earlier experienced redundancies, as turbine orders declined amid industry uncertainty over whether Congress would extend Log in to read complete article.

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