Saint-Gobain Solar Invests in New Plant, the Company's First in U.S.

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Saint-Gobain announced today that construction work on Saint-Gobain Solar’s mirror line for solar thermal power stations has begun. Located in Goodyear, Ariz., (near Phoenix), the plant will be Saint-Gobain Solar’s first manufacturing facility in North America. The facility will supply primarily the domestic market and will eventually produce millions of square feet of solar mirrors for thermal power station technologies (concentration towers, linear Fresnel lenses, etc.).

The new solar mirror line is planned to come on stream in the last quarter of this year and will produce 50 new jobs for the area. This investment complements Saint-Gobain’s current solar mirror production base, which includes a parabolic mirrors plant in Portugal and a flat mirrors facility in Germany.

“Our strategic decision to expand manufacturing into the United States confirms the importance of this market in our business portfolio,” said Fabrice Didier, Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Solar. “The new facility will be working with the best technology available.”

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