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Vestas to add 200 jobs at Colo. nacelle factory

Vestas Wind Systems A/S is adding about 200 jobs at its nacelle factory in Brighton, Colo., as the company adjusts its workforce levels to deal with changes in demand for wind turbines.

Vestas is hiring workers for the factory's logistics and production units, starting with an open house Oct. 20 in northern Colorado. The newly created positions are part of the turbine-maker's strategy to ramp up production for its 2-MW and 4-MW turbines to meet North American market demand, Vestas communications specialist Chanté Condit-Pottol said.

Vestas will recruit potential employees through a third-party staffing service, according to Colorado business publication BizWest. The positions are temporary-to-hire, which means the jobs start as temporary but employees could be hired permanently.

On Sept. 28, Vestas announced it was cutting 400 jobs worldwide, with 75% of the job cuts occurring in central and northern Europe. Vestas CEO and President Anders Runevad said most wind market growth will likely be outside of Europe, which means the company's operations "must reflect the market development we see in order to grasp those growth opportunities."

Condit-Pottol said the addition of jobs in Colorado reflects Vestas' production capability growth to support a strong wind market and pipeline in North America.