Vestas Plans to Close Three Facilities

Vestas Plans to Close Three Facilities

Cutting About 85 Jobs

November 2, 2012
Manufacturing Group

Vestas has decided to further simplify its global research and development (R&D) footprint to reduce operational costs. Therefore, Vestas will close its three R&D offices in the United States by the end of the second quarter in 2013.

In addition to previously announced closures of R&D operations in Houston, TX, and Marlborough, MA, the Louisville, CO, facility also will close. In the next three to six months, as Vestas closes its R&D offices in Houston, Marlborough, and Louisville, there will be a resulting workforce reduction of about 85 people combined at the three locations. This is a difficult decision to part with dedicated and talented people who contributed to Vestas’ success.

Vestas also closed R&D locations this year in China, Denmark, and Singapore, and reduced its R&D employee base by about 20% compared with 2011. Vestas will continue its R&D presence in six other locations around the world that will be able to design and develop products in a leaner and faster way. This focus on product development expects to more quickly increase turbine efficiency and lower costs for Vestas’ customers.

Vestas has adopted a flexible business strategy during a period of changing market dynamics in the wind industry. Vestas will continue to scale up or down depending on business needs and market demands.