SoloPower, a California-based maker of thin solar panels, announced Tuesday they’re seeking to employ individuals to function in their new Portland factory.

The SoloPower manufacturing facility, a 225,000 square-foot former distribution warehouse found on North Marine Drive, ought to employ about 90 individuals at the end from the year, as per CEO Tim Harris. Ultimately, the company hopes to use about 450 individuals.

Potential workers can apply for work with the the company in the Interstate Profession Expo on Wednesday, March 7, in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland in between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-registration for that expo is needed.

SoloPower is going to be “looking for gear engineers, chemical engineers, production and procedure engineers and front-end and upkeep technicians,” Thomas Barker, Director of Recruiting, stated inside a press release. “We’re proud to assist Oregon continue on the road towards establishing an extensive clean technologies manufacturing base along with a stronger state economic climate.”

Harris stated the company has hired in regards to a dozen those who are prepping the ability now for installing manufacturing gear, a procedure which will be carried out a couple of much more months. Next he said a little quantity of present workers in San Jose will relocate to Portland.

As soon as a preliminary production lines are operating, an organized expansion, along with a Department of Energy loan guarantee, includes a second nearby factory, Harris stated. The program would be to have 4 production lines employing about 450 individuals 2 yrs from now, Harris stated.

Harris stated the development facilities is going to be comparable to wafer manufacturing plants within the pc chip business, but with no clean-room atmosphere. He explained the SoloPower international subscriber base consists of purchasers in Japan, China, Columbia and some Countries in europe.

“We’re excited about SoloPower’s capability to bring clean tech jobs to Oregon and promote intelligent job-growth within the private sector, which may not happen to be feasible with no visionary assistance we’ve received in the State of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Energy and also the City of Portland, along with the U.S. Department of Energy,” Harris stated. “A large cause SoloPower made a decision to develop our new factory in Oregon was due to the extremely skilled employees, and we anticipate drawing on that nearby talent as our facility comes on-line.”