Vestas to Move North American Headquarters


Vestas will move its North American sales and service headquarters into the historic Meier & Frank Depot Building in Portland’s Pearl District. Gerding Edlen Development, Inc., will transform the sturdy structure, vacant since Companies wishing to submit materials for inclusion in this section should contact Russ Willcutt at

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Moreover, our joint efforts mean that local architects, construction workers and engineers will get to work now converting a Portland landmark into one of the most energyefficient buildings in the United States.” Vestas’ Portland employees work in such fields as engineering, sales, project management, training, technology, accounting, human resources, legal services, and marketing, among others. Vestas, which employs about 2,400 people in the United States and Canada, also has 30 fulltime employees in central and eastern Oregon who maintain and service wind turbines. “This is a great day for Vestas, for the City of Portland, and for the state,” Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski says. “This building represents the very best in public and private partnerships. Our collective investments in this project will pay off now and in the future in the form of more green jobs in Portland. It also will establish a stronger renewable energy foundation for Oregon as a whole.”

Vestas, the world leader in producing high-tech wind power systems, has supplied more than 40,500 turbines globally since 1979. Vestas sold its first wind turbine in North America in 1981 and since has supplied more than 11,000 turbines to the United States and Canada. Learn more at