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Vestas Simplifies Global R&D Footprint — Colorado Operations Affected, and Hires New U.S. VP

Monday, November 12, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Vestas has decided to further simplify its global research and development (R&D) footprint to reduce operational costs, according to a company news release received by Wyoming Energy News.

As a result, the company 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 and Marlborough, Mass., the Louisville, Colo., 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.

The Denmark-based manufacturer describes as … "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 percent 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.

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

UPDATED Monday, 4:00 pm

Chris Brown has joined the company today as Group Senior Vice President of Vestas and President of Vestas Americas. Brown will succeed Martha Wyrsch, who has decided to leave Vestas in early December.

Brown, 52, is an energy industry leader with decades of experience running electric utility and independent power operations. He had most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Detroit. Brown’s energy background includes time in the offshore wind industry, senior executive at a large U.S. utility and managing director at an international utility.

Brown’s first task will be getting up to speed on Vestas as a company, its operations and its current implementation of cost savings and organizational adjustments.  

"I recognize there are many challenges in the U.S. wind industry,” Brown said. "However, Vestas has tremendous potential and strength. This is evident in the management team, in the brand, and most important, in the many talented people who work at Vestas. I look forward to meeting the people behind the company’s success in the next few weeks and months.

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