A company that makes solar panels is moving from California to Wisconsin. Governor Jim Doyle’s office said Thursday that the “W” Solar Group will move its headquarters and research facilities to the Madison area in the first half of next year. And manufacturing will begin there in 2012, with a total of up to 620 jobs in all. The company plans to spend over $300 million on the move – and it’s getting $28 million in state tax credits.
In a statement, the governor said it would also create new business opportunities for suppliers in the area. The firm is still in the process of finding a location in Dane County.
CEO Chris Hamrin said the “W” Solar Group was attracted to Wisconsin because of its high-quality workforce, an extensive supply chain and, “the commitment to producing world-class products.”