140 New Jobs For SEI, By Way of Germany
(Osgood, Ind.) – A German solar panel manufacturer will set up shop in western Ripley County, bringing up to 140 new jobs with it.
Solarzentrum North America announced plans today to grow its operations in Indiana by investing over $7 million on the project that includes specialized equipment to locate in Osgood.
Production could begin as soon as next January. Solarzentrum plans to employ up to 140 people people by the end of 2016.
“SZNA is committed to creating stable jobs with competitive pay and benefits for SE Indiana employees,” said Andreas Peter, SZNA’s Technical Director. “Our mission is to become an employer of choice within the region.”
The Osgood manufacturing facility will initially focus on building the Combined Heat and Power PV-Therm modules for solar panels.
“Osgood was our best choice,” said SZNA Chief Executive Officer Reinhard Peter. “We look forward to future expansion and partnerships within the community. The introduction of a PV-Therm Solar manufacturing presence in the SE of Indiana is extremely good news for our US customers.”
Peter said the Ripley County manufacturing facility will allow the company’s customers to expect shorter lead times and an innovative US-made and German-engineered solar product.
“This business model strategy of keeping manufacturing close to our customers worldwide is based on the success SZA has enjoyed over the past years of production,” said Peter.
The Osgood Town Board of Linda Krinop, President, DeeDee Holiday, and Norman Kappes along with Osgood Economic Development Representative Brenda Wetzler and Ripley County Economic Development Executive Director Gary Norman have worked diligently to secure them in Osgood. The group is encouraged by the economic growth and impact that SZNA will have on the community.
“Innovative companies like Solarzentrum North America continue to reinforce that Ripley County is the right place for businesses to invest and grow,” said Krinop. “The ramifications of this job creation will be far reaching for the citizens of Ripley County and the region”.