Vestas Wind Turbine Blade Plant Opens in Colorado

March 06, 2008

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter helped celebrate the grand opening of Vestas Blades' wind blade manufacturing plant in Windsor on March 5. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony he touted the production facility's 650 jobs as a big investment in Colorado's "New Energy Economy."

The 400,000-square-foot plant, located about 60 miles north of Denver, is expected to produce 1,800 giant wind blades per year.

The facility is the first North American manufacturing plant built by Vestas, which is based in Denmark. James P. Cain, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, attended the ceremony.

Vestas also announced that the company will donate the first blade produced in Windsor so that it stays in Colorado. The Governor's Energy Office will work with Vestas to identify a recipient and location for the installation.

Vestas broke ground for the plant last year, as reported in a June 17 State Activities and Partnerships article.

For more information, see the governor's March 5 press release.

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