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January 11, 2021

SunPower will close Hillsboro factory

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — SunPower said Thursday it will close the former SolarWorld factory in Hillsboro, laying off 170 people in ongoing manufacturing setbacks at the site.

Japanese semiconductor producer Komatsu Silicon America spent $500 million to build the factory during the 1990s but never opened it, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. A decade later, German company SolarWorld started manufacturing solar panels there with $100 million in Oregon tax breaks.

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