Turbine maker Vestas confirms it is hiring about 100 workers for at its Pueblo, Colo.-based facility. Of those 100 workers, at least 75 will be experienced welders, says Andrew Longeteig, company spokesperson.
According to Longeteig, Vestas is looking to bring on workers to help fulfill an April order that called for the supply of 166 V100 1.8 MW wind turbines for Alberta's Blackspring Ridge wind farm, a joint venture between EDF Renewable Energy and Enbridge. He noted that Vestas is also supply wind towers for a separate wind farm. The company has already hired 100 workers in the first quarter.
At the beginning of 2012, Vestas had 1,700 manufacturing workers in the U.S. However, fearing the expiration of the production tax credit for wind at the end of last year, Vestas laid off hundreds at its Colorado-based plants. Currently, Vestas has about 1,100 workers at its U.S. plants.