Skip to comments.Solar-Panel Company Lays Off 40 Employees (Another Obama Green Scam Failure!)
Posted on 01/17/2012 9:04:24 AM PST by tcrlaf
Willard & Kelsey Solar Group LLC laid off about 40 people indefinitely at the beginning of January until changes to its production line are completed, a company official said Monday.
Michael Cicak, the company's chief executive officer and chairman of the board, would not say when the changes would be completed or when the laid-off employees could return to work.
"We have some technical people in here improving the efficiency of the assembly line," Mr. Cicak said, adding that the Perrysburg-based facility still has about 30 employees.
He said Willard & Kelsey has a little more than 80 employees when it's fully functional.
The start-up company has been plagued by a series of production and staffing delays since it was formed in 2008. It has received millions of dollars in government loans and tax breaks and has been toured by high-profile officials such as Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
Mr. Cicak said last week that the facility was to reopen Monday after a period of adjusting its inventory. A voice mail message on the company's main phone line said the same thing.
Only 15 cars were in the parking lot at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The office was devoid of activity, and the rows of desks were empty.
A tour of the production line and the changes being made to it were not made available to The Blade.
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WK Willard & Kelsey has obtained at least $19.5 million in direct aid and Federal loans. They applied for $100 Million dollars in Stimulus money, as well.
Biden visted the company in 2009 promising it would create 3,700 jobs, but they only ever had 90 or so employees.
They've been sued numerous times alledging fraud and corrupt biz practises.
WK Solar founders and many members of the Management Team originate from Glasstech, Inc. and Solar Cell, Inc., both founded by Harold McMaster, or nearby First Solar, Inc. In fact, True North Partners, LLC purchased a controlling interest in Solar Cell, Inc. back in 1999 and later renamed the company First Solar LLC!
Another Green scam for Democrat Cronies gone bad. Eh, what the hell... It's only TAXPAYER MONEY.
Biden is either totally clueless or a premeditated liar.
Why aren't the Republican candidates demanding investigations and prosecutions for this and other examples of outright theft?
Republicans need to stop talking about nonsense and go after “green energy” corruption, Fannie Mae, Mexican drug gangs etc.
They’re too busy chopping each other...
Why couldn't he be both?
“Why aren’t the Republican candidates demanding investigations and prosecutions for this and other examples of outright theft?”
They are, and they have...
The media just IGNORES IT, because it might harm the High Holy Messiah Obama.
Think about it...
You wouldn’t want to be a Reporter looking for a new job in THIS environment, would you?
Good point. He probably is both.
The taxpayer certainly but I expect it did exactly what the top level peopled planned as in walking away with large amounts of money they didn’t earn before closing down.
Over 100 Criminal Probes Related to Stimulus Funding in the Department of Energy Alone
Obama Energy Department Is Going Back and Changing Solar Energy Loan Press Releases
The Obama Administration spent nearly half of the $38.6 billion ($17.2 billion) set aside for his green energy programs and was only able to create 3,545 permanent green jobs. This comes out to a staggering $4,853,000 per job.
I guess the 3,600 employees are workingin China, since Biden couldn’t lie about W&S Solar employing 3,700 people. /s
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