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Vestas Win's Mayor's 2011 International Business Award

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Uploaded on May 26, 2011

VESTAS MOVED ITS AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS FROM CALIFORNIA TO PORTLAND IN 2002, WITH 75 EMPLOYEES, AND VESTAS AMERICAS EMPLOYS ABOUT 1,200 SALES AND SERVICE WORKERS ACROSS THE CONTINENT. THE COMPANY MAKES TURBINE COMPONENTS IN COLORADO. IT CONDUCTS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THERE AND IN TEXAS, WISCONSIN AND MASSACHUSETTS. VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS, OF RANDERS, DENMARK, HAS SUPPLIED MORE THAN 40,500 TURBINES WORLDWIDE SINCE 1979.

THIS PAST FALL VESTAS ANNOUNCED ITS LONG-AWAITED DECISION TO BUILD ITS NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS IN PORTLAND AT THE FORMER MEIER & FRANK DEPOT BUILDING. THE STRUCTURE, BUILT IN 1928, WILL BECOME A GREEN-CERTIFIED BUILDING TOPPED BY GARDENS, AN ECO-ROOF TERRACE AND CENTRAL PORTLAND'S LARGEST SOLAR-PANEL ARRAY.

THE PROJECT, BESIDES OFFERING BADLY NEEDED CONSTRUCTION WORK, IS EXPECTED TO RETAIN 400 JOBS AND GENERATE 100 MORE WITHIN FIVE YEARS -- JOBS THAT INCLUDE HIGHLY EDUCATED ENGINEERS, FINANCIAL WORKERS AND SALESPEOPLE.

Video produced by John Cardenas and Anne Mangan

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