On a windy Wednesday, Senator Michael Bennet visited Windsor to push for an extension of the wind energy production tax credit that will be expiring at the end of 2012. Vestas, a company with a plant in Windsor and Brighton that builds equipment for wind farms recently announced reorganization world-wide.

“We face large challenges in this economy of ours and one of them is that we’ve lost manufacturing jobs to the rest of the world, and we need to bring those jobs back to the United States,” he said after a tour of the plant, which employes 103 people, making composite materials used in the production of wind turbines by Vestas Wind Systems. Vestas has operations in Windsor, Brighton and Pueblo.

“The wind industry has become vital to Colorado in terms of the growth of high-paying middle class family jobs in our community,” Bennet said during the roughly half-hour visit to the plant, 31815 Great Western Drive. “That’s been made possible by the wind production tax credit.”

[ via Greeley Tribune ]