More U.S. Facilities for Vestas

Vestas Wind Systems AS (Randers, Denmark) announced on Aug. 15 that it will establish new wind blade and nacelle assembly factories in the Denver suburb of Brighton, Colo. The company also announced plans to build a wind tower manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colo.

Vestas Wind Systems AS (Randers, Denmark) announced on Aug. 15 that it will establish new wind blade and nacelle assembly factories in the Denver suburb of Brighton, Colo. The company also announced plans to build a wind tower manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colo., 100 miles/161 km south of Denver. The nacelle factory will be Vestas's first in the U.S. while the new blade factory will supplement the company's existing blade factory in Windsor, Colo., just north of Brighton. Vestas will invest $290 million (USD) in the Brighton complex and an additional $240 million in the Pueblo plant, which will be the world's largest tower manufacturing facility, according to the company.

The tower facility will produce up to 900 steel towers annually for Vestas wind turbines. It will employ 450 to 550 workers, not including other contracting and consulting jobs. The plant, scheduled to open in 2009, represents the largest single investment in Vestas history. All three facilities combined represent a $700 million capital investment by Vestas. The existing Windsor facility is producing about 1,800 blades a year.

Vestas also says that it is setting up a purchasing office in Chicago to manage its U.S. supply chain and interface with its northeastern U.S. network of suppliers. A combined technology and production-engineering office also will be stationed at the Brighton facility to oversee the factories' quality and continuous improvement programs.