The company said will interview job seekers, including soldiers returning from the Mideast, to supply production operators, administrators and engineers at its Hillsboro site. As a result, the site will employ 1,000 workers in total.
Solarworld has contributed its growth to the fact that competitors are shifting their production operations overseas. In the works for nearly five years, the company says its U.S. expansion to 500 megawatts (MW) of annual capacity has come thanks partly to tax incentives from the city of Hillsboro, the state of Oregon and the U.S. government.
Their interest, explains Solarworld, has helped the company to spearhead growth of a solar industry in Oregon at a time of stubborn national unemployment.
"Solarworld’s announcement that it intends to expand its workforce by more than 300 at its Hillsboro site is another welcome milestone in Oregon’s campaign to lead the global green economy," added Ron Wyden, Oregon’s senior senator.