Vestas wind tower factory opens in Colorado

Pueblo, Colo., October 12, 2010 — Vestas Towers America, Inc., announced the opening of a wind tower manufacturing plant. The new Pueblo, Colorado facility features nearly 13 million square feet of space and eight miles of on-site railway tracks for the transport of materials and finished tower components.

The opening of Vestas Towers gives Vestas a capability to address growing needs among North American wind power plants for reliable, high performance wind turbines.

The factory currently employs more than 400 workers and is capable, at peak production, of producing 1,090 towers per year.

Vestas Towers America, Inc. has the ability to process more than 200,000 tons of steel per year — enough to build two bridges the size of the Golden Gate every year, or the equivalent of 28 Eiffel Towers.

Locating the factory along major highway and railroad lines provides Vestas with the ability to meet customers’ needs with locally managed logistical efficiencies, which translates directly to cost and environmental benefits.

Vestas has supplied more than 40,500 turbines globally since 1979. Vestas sold its first wind turbine in North America in 1981 and since has supplied more than 11,000 turbines to the U.S. and Canada.

The company’s North American manufacturing operations are based in Colorado, including a blade factory in Windsor and a nacelle factory in Brighton. Sales and service operations are based in Portland, Ore. Vestas has research and development offices in Texas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Colorado. The company’s global headquarters, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, is located in Randers, Denmark.

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