More Layoffs For Major Wind Company

Nov 8, 2012

A global wind company with offices in the Pacific Northwest has announced more layoffs. Vestas says it will cut an additional 3,000 jobs by the end of next year. That nearly doubles the number of jobs the wind turbine company had planned to eliminate.

Vestas has not said where jobs will be cut from its global workforce. The company’s North American sales and service office is based in Portland.

Andrew Longeteig is a Vestas spokesman. He says the wind turbine market is going to be shaky the next couple years.

“The short term is going to be challenging for Vestas and the entire wind industry. At the same time we’re optimistic about the long-term future of wind power in the United States, and globally.”

Longeteig says turbine maintenance is a major focus of Vestas’ North American operations. He say that part of the company has turned a profit the past two quarters.

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