DENVER — After two years of headlines about wind turbine maker Vestas cutting jobs because of cuts in tax credits for the renewable energy industry, the company now says they are on a rebound.
In a statement released Tuesday, the company said 2014 has been “one of the best years for wind-turbine orders for Vestas” that has led to “significant hiring at its four Colorado factories.”
The company’s blade factory in Windsor, blade and nacelle factories in Brighton and tower factory in Pueblo expect to add more than 850 production workers this year after Vestas secured orders in 2013 for nearly 900 turbines, said spokesman Andrew Longeteig.
To complete the orders, the company plans to hire about 450 factory workers this year. It has already filled about 400 positions, Longeteig said.
“We are going to be extremely busy making blades, nacelles and towers this year through at least 2015,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.
In 2011 and 2012, a downturn in the U.S. wind industry proved challenging for Vestas and other renewable-energy companies, Longeteig said. Now the company is completely debt-free, he said, and earned a profit in 2013 and expects strong earnings in 2014.