Solar and wind power companies announced the creation of 6,140 potential new green manufacturing jobs between October 24 and October 31, 2008.
New Solar Power Industry Manufacturing Jobs:
Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. has announced plans to build a new solar cell manufacturing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan. The company expects to hire 350 new employees to work at the plant within the next three years.
Also in Michigan, local ABC affiliate WRJT Channel 2 reported that the Midland based Fulcrum Composites plans to hire 130 new employees as part of its operations manufacturing solar panels.
HelioVolt Corporation issued a press release marking the opening of a new plant that will manufacture high-performance thin film solar energy products. The new plant will create around 160 green jobs according to company expectations.
Mass High Tech reported that Evergreen Solar plans to eventually employ 700 at a new solar cell manufacturing plant under construction in Devens, Massachussetts.
SolarWorld announced the opening what it calls “North America’s largest solar cell manufacturing facility” in Hillsboro, Oregon. It expects to employ 1,000 at the facility by 2011.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Rostraver, Pennsylvania based Solar Power Industries Inc.’s plans to expand its solar cell manufacturing operations and create as many as 1,500 new jobs by the year 2011. It also reported on Flabeg Corp’s plans to create 300 new jobs manufacturing glass and mirror components for solar panels in Pittsburg.
New Wind Power Manufacturing Jobs
Nordex USA Inc. issued a press release detailing plans to create a new wind turbine manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The plant is expected to employ 700 people.
LM Glasfiber announced the opening of its new regional headquarters and a new wind turbine blade production plant in Little Rock, Arkansas. The company plans to employ 1,000 people in its Little Rock operation over the next five years.
Tower Tech Systems announced plans to expand its wind tower manufacturing operations in Abilene, Texas and Sioux Falls, S.D. The expansion is expected to initially create around 150 new jobs in each location.
The Green Jobs Report tracks the creation of new green manufacturing jobs by employers in the wind and solar power industries. Information and statistics are compiled from media reports and company press releases using online search engines.
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