Vestas Blades America, Inc. – Windsor Factory has been a United Way Cornerstone Partner since it opened its plant in 2008. Vestas’ partnership and generosity positively impacts and strengthens the lives of children, youth, families, and older adults throughout Weld County. United Way is thankful for this partnership and could not do its work without the support of companies like Vestas.
Hans Jespersen, Vestas vice president/general manager, shared that the partnership with United Way is a special one. “At Vestas, we know how important United Way’s work is to the community, and we’re proud to partner with them,” Jespersen said.
Vestas conducts an employee campaign each year, with a campaign committee assigned to each shift, supporting United Way donor engagement staff to encourage employees to pledge and participate in other activities. “Vestas has 24/7 production. In order to reach their employees, we are invited to be on site three days straight to cover all shifts,” Eva Keaton, donor engagement manager, said. “We have a table with information about United Way, we invite Vestas employees to participate in the annual fundraising effort and to volunteer, and more.”
Other ways that Vestas partners with United Way include:
- Conducting internal drawings for employee prizes.
- Having a barbecue for the factory employees during United Way engagement week.
- Volunteering at Day of Caring and Weld Project Connect.
- Raising additional funds through used car drawings, car shows, garage sales, and give-a-ways.
“We have always had a good cooperation with United Way,” Jespersen said. “We are proud our employees at Vestas are engaged and involved with helping our community through United Way.”
The Vestas Blades America, Inc. – Windsor factory started production in Windsor in March 2008. The factory includes 700,000 square feet of building space on 161 acres of land. Vestas employs approximately 1,000 employees in Windsor, producing blades for the 2MW (V110 and V120) wind turbines.