LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) -- Vestas Wind Systems says about 85 people will lose their jobs when the wind turbine manufacturer closes its three U.S. research and development offices next year.
The Greeley Tribune reported in early October that company officials planned by June 30 to consolidate research and development offices in Houston; Marlborough, Mass.; and Louisville, Colo., to a hub in Brighton, Colo., where it has two manufacturing plants. Company officials hadn't confirmed how many employees would be affected but said Wednesday the total was about 85.
Vestas also closed research offices this year in China, Denmark and Singapore. Its research and development workforce is down by about 20 percent from 2011. Vestas has six other locations that design and develop products.