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Vestas Lays Off Roughly 200 At Windsor Blade Plant

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 2:20pm
The Associated Press

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — Vestas says it has laid off about 29 percent of workers at its blade factory in Windsor, days after confirming it was laying off 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton.

The Danish wind turbine manufacturer said Thursday that the cuts in Brighton and Windsor amounted to about 18 percent of its remaining Colorado manufacturing workforce, suggesting about 200 people in Windsor lost their jobs.

The company says its Colorado manufacturing workforce this year has dropped from about 1,700 employees to about 1,200 due to attrition, relocations and cuts.

Vestas has blamed the slowdown in the U.S. wind industry on uncertainty about whether Congress will renew a wind production tax credit.

Overall, Vestas employs about 2,600 in the U.S. and Canada, down from more than 3,400 earlier this year.

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