Hundreds of Green Jobs Headed to Pueblo

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

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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  • by mr.zimm Location: co springs on Mar 15, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    a company from europe taking millions in kickback to employ americans in CO..thank goodness the economy has turned!!
  • by Mark Location: Anderson on Mar 15, 2009 at 02:10 AM
    This is ridiculous. First of all, to this lady, Sherry in Florida: where do you think electricity comes from? You think it comes out of your wall? Second, this entire green movement is a scam. If wind or solar had a positive energy yield, then they would be profitable on the free market, without the need for any government subsidies. The problem with green energy is that it has a negative yield, and is thus inefficient. We consume more energy than we get. Not only does government inherently consume more than it produces, this entire push towards green energy is going to finish off the economy. And the green agenda is all about making poverty fashionable. I hope you green folks feel good knowing that you are contributing towards a return to the stone age as well as the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. Hitler would be proud of your greenies.
  • by Sherry Location: FL on Mar 14, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trains the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota.We have so much available to us such as wind and solar. Let's spend some of those bail out billions and get busy harnessing this energy. Create cheap clean energy, badly needed new jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. What a win-win situation that would be for our nation at large! There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now.
  • by Sherry Location: FL on Mar 14, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources. Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up.OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel.
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