Governor Markell Celebrates Solar Company's Commitment to Delaware

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A day after announcing a plan to reopen the Delaware City Refinery, Governor Jack Markell met with the Chairman and new CEO of Motech Industries to thank them for pledging to double their workforce in Delaware.

Even during difficult economic times, Delaware has continually worked to attract new businesses and grow existing companies that contribute to our state’s economy

Governor Jack Markell and Director Alan Levin attended an open house of Motech Americas at the company’s solar-panel manufacturing facility in Newark today. Formerly owned by General Electric Company, the facility was acquired by Motech Industries, Taiwan’s largest maker of solar cells and a former GE supplier, earlier this year. The deal saved approximately 70 jobs and Motech recently announced that they plan to hire an additional 75 people by yearend.

“Congratulations and thank you to Motech Americas. Motech chose to invest and expand in our community in part because we are committed to becoming the best place to start and grow a business,” said Governor Markell. “While visiting the plant, I met several local entrepreneurs who are making a living by installing solar panels and other clean energy solutions. We have a growing opportunity to be leaders in clean technology that is already creating more high-quality jobs for Delawareans.”

“Even during difficult economic times, Delaware has continually worked to attract new businesses and grow existing companies that contribute to our state’s economy,” said DEDO Director Alan Levin. “I am pleased that companies like Motech continue to recognize the value of our uniquely friendly business environment, strategic location and talented workforce.”

The Newark plant assembles crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic modules. It has been in operation for more than 10 years and has delivered to the solar electric market more than 1.5 million photovoltaic modules delivering solar electricity to customers in every continent.

“We are glad to be here today for the grand opening ceremony of Motech Americas,” said Dr. Simon Tsuo, Chairman of Motech. “This facility has a long history in photovoltaic solar energy and we believe this factory has a great future. As we say at Motech, ‘experience counts,’ and we plan to use the experience of this team to grow our module business and make a difference in the solar energy industry.”

About the Delaware Economic Development Office
The Delaware Economic Development Office is an executive state agency responsible for attracting new investors and businesses to the state, promoting the expansion of existing industry, assisting small and minority-owned businesses, promoting and developing tourism and creating new and improved employment opportunities for all citizens of the State. DEDO is a Certified Economic Development Organization, accredited by the International Economic Development Council. Visit dedo.delaware.gov.

About Motech Industries
Motech Industries, Inc. was founded in 1981 as a designer and manufacturer of test and measurement instruments. The company entered into solar cell production in 1999. It is a pioneer in the manufacturing and marketing of high-quality single and multi-crystalline silicon solar cells in Taiwan. Today, the company is the largest solar cell manufacturer in Taiwan and one of the top ten manufacturers worldwide in terms of production capacity and output. “Modern Technology for a Sustainable World” is the company’s motto to emphasize its strong dedication to developing a sustainable world and to encouraging the use of renewable sources of energy. Motech is a publicly traded company on Taiwan's Over-the-Counter (OTC) market with the trading code of 6244. For more information about Motech, please visit http://www.motech.com.tw.

Contact:
Nikki Boone
Delaware Economic Development Office
nikki.boone(at)state(dot)de(dot)us
302-672-6857

Ginger Curtis
Motech Americas, LLC
ginger_curtis(at)motech-americas(dot)com
302-451-2620

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