SolarWorld Americas Inc., a US crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, today announced that with the prospect of what ic is calling "meaningful import relief close at hand", the company will begin ramping up production immediately and hiring up to 200 workers by May.
On Friday, the bipartisan US International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of a trade-case determination that a surge of imports has seriously injured the domestic solar cell and panel industry. The vote means that the case, in which SolarWorld Americas and Suniva Inc. are co-petitioners, moves to a remedy phase.
For more information, read "ITC Finds Injury in Solar Trade Case."
In the meantime, the determination, combined with strong sales volumes and committed vendor relationships, will lead SolarWorld to boost production. By the end of the ramp, the company will employ about 500 American employees, some of them returning employees.
The ITC will now conduct the remedy phase, including a hearing on Oct. 3 and a recommendation to the President on Nov. 13. President Trump then will have about two months to adopt that recommendation or another remedy.