SolarWorld Completes Production Expansion

This week, the SolarWorld group is launching the final phase of its employment, equipment and manufacturing ramp up in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company said that it plans to add a total of 350 workers for two factory buildings there by the end of September.

SolarWorld expects to interview hundreds of job seekers to supply production operators, administrators and engineers at its Hillsboro site. The site will swell from about 650 people now to about 1,000. In all, it will employ about 1,250 people at its U.S. sites, including its plant in Camarillo, California.

SolarWorld continues its expansion as several competitors phase out U.S. production to shift overseas. In the works nearly five years, the U.S. expansion to 500 MW of annual capacity has come thanks partly to tax incentives from the city of Hillsboro, the state of Oregon and the U.S. government.

Their interest has helped SolarWorld spearhead growth of a solar industry in Oregon at a time of stubborn national unemployment.

“SolarWorld is a great Oregon success story,” said Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. “This next phase opens the doors of opportunity for hundreds of Oregonians seeking employment and advances the production of clean, renewable energy.”

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