Vestas Wind Systems A/S said Tuesday it is halting production temporarily at a Colorado blade manufacturing plant because of a slowdown in business.
Peter Kruse, a spokesman for Denmark-based Vestas, said the plant's 500 employees will remain on the job doing training, retooling and other activities, and will continue to receive salaries.
Historically, turbine orders slow down in the first quarter but business has been slower this year because of tight credit markets, Kruse said.
The wind industry also has been affected by low natural gas prices and diminished electricity demand.
The Windsor plant, about 60 miles north of Denver, is expected to ramp up slowly next year and be at full-time production in 2011, Kruse said.
Vestas is building two plants in the Denver suburb of Brighton and a tower production facility in Pueblo.