Hundreds of Green Jobs Headed to Pueblo

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email
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More than 400 jobs will be created, more than 270-million-dollars will be pumped into Colorado's economy every year and more green energy will be created. It's all thanks to a European company that's opening up shop in Pueblo.

On Saturday, the European company called Vestas held a career and job fair at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Many of the people who showed up are currently out of work. "I worked for Phil Long Saturn. They closed our store in Pueblo. Now I'm unemployed. I just had surgery and I need a job," said Elias Berumen.

"This is a very positive time for the City of Pueblo," said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

Gov. Ritter is a proponent of green energy and creating employment. Vestas offers both. "It is the single biggest wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in the world," said Gov. Ritter.

The Vestas Tower Plant is expected to be up and running in Pueblo by the end of 2009. They'll be making the tower portion of the turbines and they'll be producing more than 1,000 of them every year. "I think it'll be a neat process from start to finish," said Berumen.

Thousands of people from around the state, Pueblo and the country have already applied.

"I'm just thrilled to be able to be here to try," said Naomi Doerr who lost her job along with her husband. The Doerr's say they recently bought a home in Trinidad and are desperately on the look-out for new jobs. "We're in different fields so I'm hoping there will be opportunity for both of us," said Doerr.

Gov. Ritter is also hopeful. He believes the more green energy manufacturing plants that open up will lead to more jobs and a stronger economy.

Gov. Ritter says the possibilities don't end there. "We're involved in some very serious conversations with other clean energy manufacturers," said Gov. Ritter.

A Colorado State Grant worth 2-million-dollars was contributed in order to get Vestas to come to Pueblo. Gov. Ritter says it was worth every penny.

Vestas has three other turbine manufacturing plants in northern Colorado.

Gov. Ritter says one of the main reasons Vestas chose Colorado is because of Colorado's abundance of natural resources such as wind, solar and water.

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