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Wausau courts solar manufacturing plant


WAUSAU (WAOW)--Wausau area economic development officials are courting an energy company that could bring hundreds of manufacturing jobs to the area.

Ann Werth, the community development director for the city of Wausau, said the city and Marathon County Development Corporation are talking with W Solar leaders.

W Solar Group plans to move it's California headquarters to Dane county this year. The company plans to open a manufacturing facility somewhere else in Wisconsin and they're considering Wausau among several options.

Evan Zeppos, spokesman for W Solar, tells Newsline 9 that company officials are considering Wausau for a number of reasons including Wausau's quality of life and quality work force.

Zeppos says W Solar produces thin film solar panels, mainly for industrial use.

In December, former Governor Jim Doyle announced that W Solar would receive $28 million in Enterprise Zone tax credits from the Department of Commerce to build its manufacturing plant and relocate its headquarters.

Zeppos says W Solar plans to begin manufacturing in 2012. After that he says it will be a 3 to 4 year process to ramp up production, creating 600 jobs mostly at the manufacturing facility but also at the headquarters in Dane County.

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