First Solar Dedicates Mesa Factory Site
Todd Spangler Appointed Site Director and General Manager
MESA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) dedicated its factory site in Mesa,
Ariz., at a ceremony held this morning. The company also announced that
Todd Spangler has been appointed Site Director and General Manager of
the new Mesa factory, having previously served as General Manager of
First Solar's factory in Perrysburg, Ohio. Mike Koralewski will succeed
Spangler as manager of the Perrysburg facility, and was appointed Vice
President of Site Operations and Plant Manager.
First Solar CEO Rob Gillette and Mesa, Ariz., Vice Mayor Scott Somers unveil a ceremonial marker commemorating construction progress for the company's new factory, while Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, looks on. (Photo: Business Wire)
Representatives from the city of Mesa and First Solar officials hosted a
reception at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Mesa to celebrate
construction progress. Vice Mayor Scott Somers, Greater Phoenix Economic
Council (GPEC) President and CEO Barry Broome, and Tom Alston, Solar
Outreach and Policy Coordinator for U.S. Representative Gabrielle
Giffords, also took part in the celebration.
"First Solar coming to Mesa is an important step to establish Arizona as
a major player in the solar and clean energy industry. This cutting-edge
facility brings hundreds of new high-tech jobs to the East Valley and
adds to the ongoing development of the Gateway area," Mayor Scott Smith
said. "Projects like this don't happen without the cooperation between
the private and public sectors, region and state. I'd like to thank
those partners, especially First Solar and DMB, for working together to
bring this facility to the Mesa Proving Grounds."
"Our Mesa factory has progressed from an idea to advanced construction
in just a few short months, which would not have been possible without
the support and hard work of countless state and local officials. Today
we dedicate this site to the many people and agencies that helped make
it happen, both public and private," said Rob Gillette, CEO of First
Solar. "The U.S. is our fastest-growing market, and the additional
production capacity from this factory will help us meet growing demand
for clean, locally produced solar electricity."
First Solar's Mesa factory is expected to begin producing modules by the
third quarter of 2012 and will employ approximately 600 full-time
associates. First Solar is investing just over $300 million in the
four-line factory, which will produce approximately 250 megawatts (MW)
of thin-film modules per year.
Output from the new factory is expected to be used in the construction
of First Solar's 2,600MW North American project pipeline, which includes
the 290MW Agua Caliente project, located in Yuma County, Ariz. When
fully operational in 2014, Agua Caliente will generate enough clean
solar energy to serve the needs of about 100,000 average homes per year,
displacing approximately 220,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide—the
equivalent of taking about 40,000 cars off the road. Output from the
Mesa factory is also expected to be used in First Solar's California
projects, including the 550MW Topaz project, 230MW Antelope Valley Solar
Ranch One and the 550MW Desert Sunlight project.
Todd Spangler joined First Solar in February 2007 as the company's
Director of Manufacturing. In December 2008, he was promoted to Plant
Manager of the Perrysburg, Ohio, campus. Prior to joining First Solar,
he managed multiple plants and distribution centers for Lutron
Electronics, the world's leader in lighting controls.
Mike Koralewski has been with First Solar since August of 2006, leading
the company's global quality and product reliability initiatives. Prior
to First Solar, he was employed by Dana Corporation for 10 years in a
variety of quality functions throughout different business units.
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced semiconductor
technology, and is a premier provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV)
system solutions. The company is delivering an economically viable
alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing
through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on
creating value-driven renewable energy solutions that protect and
enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please
For First Solar Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant
to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not
constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a
number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially,
including risks associated with the company's business involving the
company's products, their development and distribution, economic and
competitive factors and the company's key strategic relationships and
other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. First Solar assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking information contained in this press release or with
respect to the announcements described herein.
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Ted Meyer or Melanie Friedman
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