Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Green Jobs Report Tracks Plans to Create 4,563 New Green-Collar Manufacturing Jobs in November

Last month, The Green Jobs Report tracked plans by thirteen companies to create 4,563 new green-collar manufacturing jobs in the solar and wind power sectors of the renewable energy industry. Included in the tally were plans by seven solar sector manufacturers to create 3,285 jobs and plans by six wind sector manufacturers to create 1,278 jobs.

The Green Jobs Report surveys U.S. media coverage of the solar and wind power sectors of the renewable energy industry on a weekly basis. Information about manufacturers’ plans to create new green-collar jobs is then compiled and reported for public use.

Results for week of November 23 to November 29 were predictably low, likely due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Green Jobs Report documented plans by one solar sector manufacturer and three wind power industry manufacturers to create a total of 326 new green-collar manufacturing jobs.

Details are provided below:

The Muskegon Chronicle/ reported on plans by Carlton Creek Ironwoods LLC to create 70 new jobs at a foundry in Rothbury, Michigan. The company plans to hire the new workers as part of a plan to produce high-grade ductile windmill iron required by windmill castings, according to a statement issued by the Michigan Economic Development Authority. The project will be supported by a 10-year $1.6 million state tax credit and an additional 12-year $180,159 local tax credit from the village of Rothbury.

The Journal Sentinel/ published a story about plans by Energy Composites Corp, previously Advanced Fiberglass Technologies, to create as many as 130 new jobs in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. The company is expanding current operations to produce parts components for wind power systems, according to information issued by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. The company will receive up to $640 million in Community Development Block Grant loans to help with the expansion.

An article in the Traverse City Record-Eagle detailed MasTech Manufacturing’s plans to create 116 new jobs in Manistee, Michigan by 2011. The company has reached a five-year agreement to produce Mariah Power’s Windspire energy system, according a press release issued last week. Mariah Power described the $4,995 Windspire system as a “30-foot tall, propeller-free turbine that harnesses the power of the wind”. It was designed for residential use and small commercial applications. In addition, 98 percent of the components used to manufacture the Windspire will be supplied by Michigan based businesses.

New Mexico Business Weekly ran a story about plans by Sacred Power Corp., a company owned and operated by Native Americans, to create ten new jobs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company has joined forces with Cyberlux Corp. to produce solar powered lighting systems that will be purchased by the Department of Defense, and eventually marketed to other government agencies and the private sector.

The Green Jobs Report also documented plans by the following manufacturers to create new green-collar jobs in the solar and wind power industries earlier in the month of November.


Amelio Solar: Up to 175 new green jobs in Vineland, New Jersery

Konarka Technologies, Inc.: 100 new green jobs in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Opti-Solar: 1,000 new green jobs in Sacramento, California.

Schott: 1,500 new green jobs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Shoals Technology Group: 450 new green jobs in Portland, Tennessee.

Staubli: 50 new green jobs in Duncan, South Carolina.


Goain North America LLC – 12 new green jobs in Ankeny, Iowa

Brevini: 450 new green jobs in Yorktown, Indiana.

TPI Composites: 500 new green jobs in Newton, Iowa.

For more information about these plans is available visit The Green Jobs Report blog.

The Green Jobs Report has been tracking plans to create new green-collar manufacturing jobs in the solar and wind power sectors of the renewable energy industries since October 24, 2008. Plans by 24 companies to create a total of 11,013 new jobs have been documented so far.

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