Vestas juggles


The Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas is correcting their staffing levels at various locations. While the company is having to dismiss workers at its two American blade manufacturing plants in Windsor and Brighton, Colorado, they are hiring new employees in Pueblo, which is also in Colorado. All employees at the Danish sites Randers and Copenhagen are also being transferred to the headquarters to Aarhus. Vestas Nacelles Deutschland GmbH has terminated reduced working hours.

At the blade production facilities in Windsor and Brighton, Vestas is dismissing about 10% of Vestas employees located in Colorado, U.S.A. The redundancies are necessary because Vestas expects that the American wind market will decline sharply in 2013 due to the late extension of the Production Tax Credits.

At the tower manufacturing plant in Pueblo, however, the workforce will be increased. Production can expect an increased volume of orders because Vestas announced on 16 January that they will they will also produce towers for third-party suppliers there. For this reason, the company plans to create 100 new jobs there by the end the first quarter of 2013.

The relocation of jobs from the Danish sites Randers and Copenhagen to Aarhus is part of the corporate strategy which Group Senior Vice President of Vestas People & Culture, Roald Steen Jakobsen, explains: "Vestas is carrying out a plan to reduce the company's cost. The recently announced annual result demonstrates that we are on track and that the plan begins to show results. The transferral of employees from Copenhagen and Randers to Aarhus is yet another initiative contributing to make Vestas more profitable.” The relocation is scheduled for 1 July. However, the warehouse in Randers will not be abandoned.

And finally there is also Vestas employee news from Germany. According to a report by Lübecker Nachrichten, the reduced working hours for 250 employees of Vestas Nacelles Deutschland GmbH in Lübeck, which were in force since November, have been terminated. "At the beginning of February, the production of generators was started up again," the newspaper quoted Production Manager Rene Körner. They are planning to "produce at full capacity again in the summer."

Katharina Garus

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