A solar panel manufacturer plans to open a facility in McDowell County and create 50 jobs over the next three years, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced Tuesday.
The Solar Connection will invest more than $500,000 in a manufacturing plant in Marion, about 40 miles east of Asheville. The plant will make photovoltaic solar cells and related products.
The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $23,920, plus benefits. That’s well below the McDowell County average of $30,349.
The Solar Connection is eligible to receive a $156,000 grant from the One North Carolina fund. The grant requires a local match, and the company must meet investment and job-creation milestones.
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The company is a subsidiary of Boyle Enterprises.