A proposed solar module plant that eyed Corpus Christi will instead set up in Saginaw, Mich., but hasn’t ruled out South Texas for a future company site.
GlobalWatt, which proposed a $189 million facility that would bring 400 jobs to Corpus Christi, made its decision official Tuesday, company site selector Kathy Mussio said.
The Michigan city won out over Corpus Christi because of its proximity to a large, new polysilicone production plant, a cell manufacturing plant and a supply of skilled, unemployed auto workers, Mussio said. Saginaw is a city of 57,500 about 100 miles northwest of Detroit.
Nice, huh? We also offered a better deal on incentives. The Saginaw area is still "abuzz" about the new solar plant, which will hire 125 workers by the end of 2010 and up to 500 within five years.
Good policy will trump advertising in the end, it's just going to take some time to get there.