BP Solar to Discontinue Thin Film Production

November 25, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] BP Solar will cease manufacturing of its thin film solar modules at its Fairfield, California facility, which will be converted to a warehousing and distribution center for North America. The company will also close its Toano, Virginia thin film plant if it cannot identify a buyer by end of 2002. The associated technology center will close immediately. The plant closures will result in the elimination of about 260 jobs: 100 in Fairfield and 160 in Toano, although some 145 manufacturing jobs may transfer to a new operator. BP Solar will concentrate on its key markets supported by growth in worldwide manufacturing of its crystalline-based products.
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