Vestas cuts production and worker hours at its Brighton facility

12/12/2012 10:00 Renewable

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The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced currently that it intends to cut production at its Brighton and Windsor facilities, and will also cut the employee hours, due to a slowdown of wind industry in the U.S. and a reduction in turbine orders for 2013.

The personnel will see their work weeks reduced from 40 hours to 32 hours starting from January. But the company said that workers would have the hourly gap partly covered by redundancy benefits due to the WorkShare, a state program which will make up some of the money Vestas employees will lose from having their hours cut. WorkShare, which is part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, will pay about 80 percent of what employees would have earned. The 2012 was a bad year for Vestas as it has eliminated about 500 jobs this year in Colorado, with 300 of those cuts in Weld County.

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