Vestas Wind to Consolidate U.S. Research in Colorado

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s largest producer of wind turbines, is consolidating its U.S. research-and-development operations into a single site in Brighton, Colorado, as part of a global push to centralize design efforts.

The company is closing facilities in Houston, Louisville, Colorado, and Marlborough, Massachusetts, and affected employees have the option of transferring to Brighton, Andrew Longeteig, a spokesman for Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas, said today in an interview.

The company is also closing R&D operations in Singapore and Denmark in the next few weeks, and will consolidate at other sites in Denmark, the U.S., the U.K., Germany and India, he said.

“It’s a global change,” Longeteig said. “When it all shakes out in the next six or seven months, we’ll have about six R&D facilities worldwide.”

Vestas is cutting its global workforce about 16 percent this year to 19,000 workers. The company in August fired about 120 Colorado factory workers at the Brighton plant and in Pueblo. It still has about 3,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, Longeteig said.

The U.S. consolidation was reported earlier by the Northern Colorado Business Report.

Vestas fell 6.1 percent to 35.6 kroner in Copenhagen today for its seventh straight decline, the longest losing streak since Nov. 23.

(Corrects location in second paragraph.)
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