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Silfab Solar Growing U.S. Presence by Establishing Flagship Operation in York County

Sep 19, 2023 10:34AM ● By David Dykes

Silfab Solar, a leading North American solar panel manufacturer, announced plans Sept. 19, 2023, to expand its U.S. footprint by establishing operations in York County. 

The company’s $150 million investment will create 800 new jobs, according to Gov. Henry McMaster's office.

With more than 40 years of solar experience, Silfab Solar designs, engineers and manufactures its own premium brand of high-efficiency solar panels for both residential and commercial use. 

The company operates two U.S. facilities in Bellingham and Burlington, Wash., and one in Toronto, Canada. 

The new facility in York County will manufacture next-generation solar cell technology, boosting U.S solar cell production, according to McMaster's office.

The company is leasing a 785,000-square-foot building located at 7149 Logistics Lane in Fort Mill.

Operations are expected to be online in the third quarter of 2024. Those interested in joining the Silfab Solar team should visit the company’s careers page.  

The state's Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. The council also awarded a $2 million Set-Aside grant to York County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

“Silfab Solar’s investment in South Carolina strengthens our North America manufacturing capabilities, creates good-paying jobs and provides the ideal East Coast location to serve our growing customers," said Silfab Solar CEO Paolo Maccario.  

Maccario added, "The company specifically chose York County as the ideal location to expand because of the community’s commitment to innovation, its quality of life and the availability of a skilled workforce. Silfab Solar looks forward to hiring and to begin production of next-generation solar modules.”

Said McMaster, “Silfab Solar selecting York County for a project that requires a highly skilled workforce shows that our workforce development investments are paying off in a big way. Our people are South Carolina’s greatest resource, and we are confident they will help Silfab Solar thrive in its latest venture."