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German firm says Pittsburgh plant could create 300 'green' jobs

Post Time:Oct 14,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:226

A manufacturing facility slated to open at month's end will create 200 "green jobs" in the region, and could employ up to 300 people when it is running full-bore.

Flabeg Solar US Corp., a new subsidiary of German glass finishing firm Flabeg GmBH, is building the 230,000-square-foot plant in Clinton Commerce Park in Findlay to make solar mirrors for power stations that use sunlight to generate electricity.

Flabeg Solar's mirrors will be used in two types of solar power plants. The first type uses an array of flat mirrors to reflect sunlight toward a receiver placed on a tower. The second uses a chain of parabolic mirrors whose curved surfaces focus sunlight on a tube, thus heating oil that flows through it.

Construction on the cavernous facility began in March, but Flabeg Solar began local operations in January, according to an Oct. 14 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

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