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Panasonic plant closing in Salem, 92 employees to lose jobs

Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. has announced it will be closing its Salem solar plant in late October after operating for less than a decade

Published on September 14, 2017 2:30AM

Last changed on September 14, 2017 6:24AM


SALEM, Ore. (AP) Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. has announced it will be closing its Salem solar plant in late October after operating for less than a decade.

The Statesman Journal reported (http://stjr.nl/2h3D0i5 ) Wednesday that the company is closing the plant because it's tied to a factory in central Japan, which is shifting its focus from solar cell modules to solar cells.

Panasonic spokesman Jim Reilly says the shift in production means there's no longer a need for the products made in Oregon.

The closure means 92 employees will lose their jobs. Workers will get job-placement help and a severance.

The plant received more than $42 million in taxpayer incentives to locate in Salem. It opened in 2009.



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