Weld County, CO – When Vestas Wind Systems opened its first U.S. turbine blade factory in 2008, it chose Windsor, Colorado, because of its rail connections to the North, South, East and West. The facility now produces over 1,800 wind turbine blades each year and employs more than 650 Coloradans.
“Rail investments helped Weld County attract Vestas in 2008 and they are also helping Weld County to move the growing supply of crude oil from the Denver-Julesburg Basin to markets across the country,” said Sean Conway, Weld County Commissioner. “Freight rail is truly catalyzing Colorado’s energy renaissance.”
The Northeast Colorado economy is also getting a boost from development of the Niobrara Shale Play, and freight rail is helping make this development possible. A new rail loading facility planned in Weld County to move the growing supply of crude oil from Evans to markets across the country will make rail shipments of Colorado oil even more efficient.