Danish wind turbine supplier Vestas held a ground-breaking ceremony for its two new manufacturing facilities – a nacelle assembly factory and blade factory – in Brighton, Colo.
The Brighton factories are part of the significant manufacturing and research base Vestas is establishing in the U.S. Once the factories are fully operational in 2010, they will create about 1,350 jobs in Brighton. Vestas' investment in Brighton will total about $300 million and is expected to secure an annual production capacity of 2,000 blades and 1,400 nacelles.
‘From an outbound logistics perspective, Colorado offers a highly central location for the transportation of wind turbine components to customers in North America,’ says Soren Husted, president of Vestas Nacelles. ‘At the same time, Vestas is enhancing its U.S. supply chain, and location plays a key role in securing efficient inbound logistics to the factories.’
The Brighton facilities will also house a technology and production engineering office, as well as a division of the Vestas Business Academy for the training and development of employees.
In addition to the two factories in Brighton and the existing blade factory in Windsor, Colo., Vestas is constructing the world's largest tower factory in Pueblo, Colo. It is set to open at the end of this year.
SOURCE: Vestas Americas