The Danish wind-energy firm Vestas is promoting its tower manufacturing plant in Pueblo to CS Wind, based mostly in South Korea.
The announcement of the sale follows one in February to shut down construction of wind turbine blades at its plant in Brighton and consolidate manufacturing at its plant in Windsor. The transfer eradicated 280 jobs.
Vestas additionally reduce a complete of about 170 jobs on the Pueblo manufacturing unit and the Brighton nacelles manufacturing unit earlier this yr. On the time, the corporate stated it deliberate to supply new jobs to roughly 150 of the affected employees.
The Vestas U.S. plant in Pueblo, which opened in 2009, employs about 500 individuals and produces greater than 3,000 tower segments yearly. Vestas launched a press release Thursday saying that the intention of the settlement with CS Wind is to permit the manufacturing unit to be run by an organization that makes a speciality of manufacturing towers for wind generators. Manufacturing will probably be expanded to a number of wind-turbine producers, together with Vestas, the corporate stated.
After the sale, Vestas could have about 1,200 workers in Colorado at three websites: two factories and a instruments warehouse in Brighton. Firm spokeswoman Chanté Condit-Pottol stated the settlement with CS Wind is efficient instantly, though the transition will take 4 to eight weeks as a result of the deal is topic to regulatory approval.
“Throughout our international provide chain footprint, we’re involving extra companions to construct on the foundations we have now established for wind vitality. This contains honing our personal sources to the place they are often best and transferring elements of our operational setup to be run by different business leaders who can create extra worth and safe extra long-term jobs,” stated Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Vestas govt vice chairman and chief working officer.
The Pueblo plant is the final tower manufacturing unit that Vestas owns and operates itself. The corporate didn’t say how a lot CS Wind can pay for the plant.
CS Wind stated in a press release that the acquisition of the Pueblo facility will improve its international workforce to greater than 3,300. Vestas employs greater than 29,000 individuals globally, roughly 4,000 of that are within the U.S.