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German manufacturer to build state-of-the-art solar product in Pennsylvania

Post Time:Mar 05,2009Classify:Company NewsView:290

Flabeg, a Germany-based manufacturer of high-tech glass and mirror applications, is building a facility at a 240-acre site here, near Pittsburgh International Airport, where it will build parabolic solar mirrors.

The company will create an estimated 200 manufacturing jobs for the Pittsburgh metro beginning next year, with the goal of growing that number to at least 300, according to the company. Flabeg is leasing a 209,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that is being built at Clinton Commerce Park. The building will be constructed in two phases.

Construction on the first phase began late last year, and the company is expected to begin operations there in October. The total investment in both phases of the project is anticipated to be $30 million.

Demand is high for Flabeg’s parabolic solar mirror product, with many orders coming from yet-to-be-built solar plants in hot-weather markets such as the Southwest United States and the Far East, according to the company.

“Flabeg’s decision to expand its operations is another vote of confidence in our region’s economy and work force,” said Dan Onorato, executive of Alleghany County. “Southwestern Pennsylvania is becoming a leader in green technology and alternative energy development, and Flabeg will help solidify that leadership position with its production of specialty mirrors for solar power plants. This is exactly the kind of cutting-edge manufacturing we want to attract to our region.

“This event marks another milestone in development of airport property,” he pointed out. “Preparing shovel-ready land is the key to jumpstarting development, stimulating job growth and attracting new businesses within the airport corridor and the surrounding area.”

Flabeg considered sites in a number of other states, including New Mexico, California and North Carolina, before deciding to locate the project in the Pittsburgh metro.

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania is offering Flabeg an incentive package that includes a $1.2 million Opportunity Grant, $3 million from the commonwealth’s machinery and equipment loan fund, a $2 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, $1.5 million in Infrastructure and Facilities Improvement Program grants, $900,000 in job-creation tax credits and $400,000 in work force training assistance. Allegheny County is contributing a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $100,000 job training grant from its Department of Human Services.

Development on airport property is an important goal of the Pittsburgh-area officials. Site preparation for Clinton Commerce Park, including infrastructure and utilities connections, was made possible, in part, by a $7.5 million grant from the commonwealth’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

Flabeg will retain 198 jobs at its other Pennsylvania location in Brackenridge, which manufactures mirror glass for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

Source: Expansionmanagement.comAuthor: shangyi

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