Growing Solar PV Demand Brings Jobs to Michigan

Growing demand for thin film solar photovoltaic laminates is bringing jobs to Greenville, Michigan.
A leading player in the field, United Solar Ovonic LLC expects to about double employment at its Greenville manufacturing facility by bringing on as many as 400 new employees in order to raise the facility’s production capacity to some 300 megawatts (MW) by 2010.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (Nasdaq:ENER), United Solar Ovonic uses proprietary technology to manufacture building-integrated and commercial rooftop thin film PV laminates that are distributed globally under the UNI-SOLAR brand.
“This is great news for our employees and the community. It takes a large pool of talented people for United Solar to build and ramp-up a solar production facility,” Gary DiDio, United Solar Ovonic’s Greenville plant manager stated in a press release.
“Greenville is a wonderful place to work. We were still very busy hiring for our initial production needs. The expansion will require an additional 400 employees. The majority of our hiring will be for production technicians, but there are immediate needs for supervisors, engineers, and many other roles.”
Greenville and United Solar’s plant are located 35 miles northeast of Grand Rapids. Job opportunities are listed on the company’s web site. If you’re interested, many can be applied for via e-mail, according to the company. You have to apply for production technician jobs through the Michigan Works program, however.

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