Solar factory goes to Devens; Westboro loses out on plant, jobs.Byline: Martin Luttrell
WESTBORO - Stymied by steep topography topography (təpŏg`rəfē), description or representation of the features and configuration of land surfaces. Topographic maps use symbols and coloring, with particular attention given to the shape and elevations of terrain. and ledge, Evergreen Solar Evergreen Solar, Inc., founded in 1994, develops, manufactures and markets solar power products enabled by its String Ribbon technology that provide environmentally clean electric power throughout the world. Inc. has moved the site of its planned $150 million solar panel factory to the former military reservation at Devens.
State officials said the reversal occurred over the past several weeks. Engineers said the topography and size of the site made the possibility of building the plant on the 14-acre parcel questionable. Evergreen had been slated to use state-owned land on the campus of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. In April the company, along with Gov. Deval L. Patrick, announced plans to build off Milk Street and add 350 new jobs. Telephone calls and e-mails yesterday to Evergreen Solar officials were not returned.
The company, a manufacturer of solar power products, will use land in Devens being redeveloped by the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, said Darrell LeMar, deputy director of communications Director of Communications is a position in the private and public sectors. The Director of Communications is responsible for managing and directing an organization's internal and external communications. for the Executive Office of Housing and Community Development. He said the company found that the rock ledge made it too expensive to build in Westboro.
"They'll just move the plan from point A to point B," he said. "But the good thing is that we're retaining them in Massachusetts."
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350 jobs the solar power factory was expected to create.
"It's disappointing that they won't be here," she said. "But on the other hand, it's nice that it's staying in Massachusetts. I can understand why they chose Devens. It's a great location."
On Thursday, the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development announced Devens had been awarded a $10 million grant to upgrade infrastructure related to Evergreen Solar's business expansion and job creation.
The state already had awarded several incentives to Evergreen, including a $44 million financing package of grants and loans. Evergreen will also receive $17 million in loans from the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Citizens Bank.
Christopher A. Kealey, spokesman for the Technology Collaborative, said state officials are pleased that the company is staying in the Bay State, noting that Evergreen Solar was being pursued by North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
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"As a state agency, our first goal is to see that they expand in Massachusetts, not another state or another country," he said. "As long as it's in Massachusetts, our commitment is the same."
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"If there were another development the town wanted there, we would be happy with that," he said.
With the closing of Fort Devens, the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency took title to the 4,400-acre Devens property in 1996 and is overseeing its development. There are more than 80 companies in the commerce park, including a 355,000 square foot manufacturing plant American Superconductor American Superconductor is a technology company based in Westborough, Massachusetts specializing in the design and manufacture of superconducting wires and power converters. It is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol AMSC. Corp. opened in 2001. A $750 million drug manufacturing plant is also under construction by Bristol-Myers Squibb Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY), colloquially referred to as BMS, is a pharmaceutical corporation, formed by a 1989 merger between pharmaceutical companies Bristol-Myers Company, founded in 1887 by William McLaren Bristol and John Ripley Myers in Clinton, NY (both were Co.