Newark, Del. (April 9, 2010) – Governor Jack Markell and Director Alan Levin attended an open house of Motech Americas at the company’s solar‐panel manufacturing facility in Newark today.
Formerly owned by General Electric Company, the facility was acquired by Motech Industries, Taiwan’s largest maker of solar cells and a former GE supplier, earlier this year.
The deal saved approximately 70 jobs and Motech recently announced that they plan to hire an additional 75 people by yearend.
“Congratulations and thank you to Motech Americas. Motech chose to invest and expand in our community because Delaware is the best place to start and grow a business,” said Governor Markell. “While visiting the plant, I met several local entrepreneurs who are making a living by installing solar panels and other clean energy solutions. We have a momentous opportunity to be leaders in clean technology and create more high‐ quality jobs for Delawareans.”
“Even during difficult economic times, Delaware has continually worked to attract new businesses and grow existing companies that contribute to our state’s economy,” said DEDO Director Alan Levin. “I am pleased that companies like Motech continue to recognize the value of our uniquely friendly business environment, strategic location and talented workforce.”
The Newark plant assembles crystalline silicon‐based photovoltaic modules. It has been in operation for more than 10 years and has delivered to the solar electric market more than 1.5 million photovoltaic modules delivering solar electricity to customers in every continent. “We are glad to be here today for the grand opening ceremony of Motech Americas,” said Dr. Simon Tsuo, Chairman of Motech.
“This facility has a long history in photovoltaic solar energy and we believe this factory has a great future. As we say at Motech, ‘experience counts,’ and we plan to use the experience of this team to grow our module business and make a difference in the solar energy industry.”