A Georgia-based solar company plans to bring over 300 jobs to the Mid Michigan region.
Officials said the solar manufacturing company, Suniva, has started construction of a new facility in Saginaw.
Suniva officials said the location will initially bring 75 to 100 jobs to the area, and continue to expand over the next three years.
Matt Card is Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Suniva. He said once the location is up and running the full staff count will be around 350 people.
“Michigan is very centrally located. Moving solar panels around is kind of a bulk logistics activity and the rail infrastructure because of the historic auto industry there and things like that make a very very attractive logistics network though central Michigan to the rest of the U.S.,” Card said.
Card said the company has had its eye on Saginaw for about five years now. He said the solar products produced are for residential and commercial purchasers.
He said a highly skilled workforce, and a solar industry cluster in the area, attracted the company to Saginaw.
Steve Jonas is the executive vice president of Saginaw Future Inc. He said Suniva plans to create 350 jobs total.
“A global company like Suniva chose Michigan, and Saginaw Township because of our business climate and skilled workforce so it’s a testament that Michigan’s manufacturing comeback continues and that we can compete with any state in the nation to attract jobs and investment,” Jonas said.
Jonas said the long history of manufacturing in Michigan makes the state desirable for investors.
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