Sun is shining on Mass. manufacturing facility
New solar panel plant just opened -- and it's already at capacity
Las Vegas isn’t the only place where manufacturing to take advantage of the increase in solar energy is heating up the economy. The Boston Globe’s Green Blog reports that Evergreen Solar has just opened a new manufacturing facility in suburban Devens, MA and has already landed a five-year, $1.2 billion solar panel contract with a German company. That means the manufacturer is now at its manufacturing capacity even before the they were done cleaning up from last week's ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"We've almost sold out for the next five years," chairman, president, and chief executive Richard M. Feldt told the newspaper this week. "That means business is good. It's pretty nice. We haven't made one panel yet and we've sold out."
"We love the jobs. We love the jobs, and we love that the jobs include manufacturing jobs," said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. "I look to this facility as a symbol of the kind of industry we want to build, as a symbol of the future."
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.