Former GM Stamping Plant Could House New Business

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A green-energy business has its sights on a small town in Richland County. WOSU reports Ontario welcomes the project that could help it recover from major job loss and budget troubles following the shutdown of a General Motors plant last year.(Photo: Ron Mckellar (flickr))
A green-energy business has its sights on a small town in Richland County. WOSU reports Ontario welcomes the project that could help it recover from major job loss and budget troubles following the shutdown of a General Motors plant last year.(Photo: Ron Mckellar (flickr))

A green-energy business has its sights on a small town in Richland County. WOSU reports Ontario welcomes the project that could help it recover from major job loss and budget troubles following the shutdown of a General Motors plant last year.

The California-based company, Calisolar, plans to open a manufacturing plant later this year, and possibly at the former GM stamping plant near Mansfield, Ohio.

Ontario Mayor Larry Collins said the city was forced to reduce its budget by a third after it lost a million dollars in annual tax revenue after the stamping plant closed last June. Collins says there’s hope again for Ontario.

“It’s just going to be a boon for not only, like I say, for Ontario, but for Richland County and even areas beyond,” Collins said.

Calisolar estimates the plant will produce 1,000 construction jobs and as many as 1,100 permanent jobs. The company produces silicon used in solar cells. It received both federal and state grants, and the final details of the actual location in Ontario are being worked out.

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