New Facility to Double Uni-Solar Manufacturing

[] United Solar Ovonic LLC has selected the site for its next state-of-the-art thin-film solar panel manufacturing facility. Under a ten-year lease agreement between a unit of General Development Company LLC of Southfield, Mich., and United Solar Ovonic, General Development will construct a 160,000 square foot manufacturing facility for United Solar Ovonic at the Auburn Hills Commerce Park in Auburn Hills, Mich., near the current United Solar Ovonic manufacturing facility. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in July following site plan approvals and issuance of building permits. Completion and occupancy of the new facility is scheduled for May 2006. A portion of the facility will be available in October of this year to begin installation of the new thin-film solar panel manufacturing equipment. When fully operational, the facility is expected to double United Solar Ovonic’s manufacturing capacity and to employ approximately 200 additional people.
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