Solar mirror production facility lands in Pennsylvania
Flabeg, a German-based company, choose Findlay, Pa., as the site for its first solar mirror production facility in the United States.
Flabeg, a German-based company, choose Findlay, Pa., as the site for its first solar mirror production facility in the United States. The 209,000-square foot facility will be located on a 20-acre site in the Clinton Commerce Park in Findlay. State investments of $9 million helped the company secure the bid in Findlay and the new facility will create 300 new manufacturing jobs for Allegheny County. The total invested cost in the new facility will be $30 million and Flabeg plans to manufacture parabolic solar mirrors, used to generate electricity at large-scale solar power plants
"We've already created more than 3,000 jobs in the renewable energy industry and leveraged $1 billion in private investment and, with solar energy production growing at an incredible pace and markets continuing to expand, it's clear that we've only seen the tip of the iceberg," the Governor Edward G. Rendell said.
The project was coordinated through the Governor's Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who serve as a single point-of-contact and coordination for businesses considering locating or expanding in the state. Since January 2003, GAT has successfully completed 1,017 projects statewide. The projects represent commitments for 107,980 new jobs and 247,873 retained jobs. The commonwealth has offered $1.9 billion in funding to these projects, which will leverage more than $12 billion in additional investment.
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