McGuinty Government Investing In Next Generation Manufacturing
TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ -
Ontario is creating new jobs in green industries by supporting an
innovator in solar power energy.
The province is investing nearly $8 million in 6N Silicon
(http://www.6nsilicon.com/s/Company.asp) to help create sustainable jobs for
skilled workers. This investment supports 6N's $50-million expansion. The
company is opening a new manufacturing plant in Vaughan
(http://www.city.vaughan.on.ca) and creating 84 new jobs.
The expansion will help cement 6N's reputation as a leader in the
emerging green economy. Many of its employees are former auto workers who have
transferred their skills from one sector to another successfully. The company
has also drawn international interest for using a revolutionary manufacturing
process (http://www.6nsilicon.com/s/6NTechnology.asp) that turns low-grade
silicon into the form needed to produce solar cells. This method is cheaper,
quicker and more energy-efficient than others. It is also helping 6N meet
growing global demand for renewable power.
The government's investment comes from the Next Generation of Jobs Fund
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/nextgen_index.jsp), which supports
Ontario-based companies looking to invest in clean cars, fuels, technologies
and products. The fund is part of a broader plan to retool workers and
stimulate the province's changing economy.
"We're proud to support a leading-edge process that creates jobs in
Ontario and provides a clean technology solution to the world," said Premier
"Ontario's highly skilled workforce and our government's support for
innovation have positioned this province to lead in the global knowledge-based
economy," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
"We've chosen Ontario because of the skilled workforce, competitive
business environment and the tremendous support we've received to help us
commercialize our technology. The speed 6N needed to serve our customer's
needs was certainly matched by the province," said Paolo Maccario, CEO of 6N
- On average, the solar industry has grown at over 45 per cent per year
for the past nine years.
- Deloitte and Touche named 6N Silicon one of Canada's top 15 green
- The company's founder, Scott Nichol, started working on the process
for refining silicon in his basement two years ago.
- North America's largest solar farm
is being built in Sarnia. It will supply enough electricity to power
6,000 homes by 2010.
Learn how to install solar energy systems
(http://www.cleanairfoundation.org/gosolar/home.asp) in your home.
Apply (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/bip/guidelines.asp) for a
Next Generation of Jobs Fund grant.
Read about employment programs and services
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