52 layoffs planned at Ore. solar plant

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A spokesman for Sanyo Solar of Oregon says 52 employees at the Salem plant will lose their jobs by the end of June.

The Statesman Journal reports that the plant makes silicon ingots for solar cells. The newspaper says a spokesman said Friday that employees losing their jobs work in the wafer slicing operation, which is being closed.

The wafer slicing work is being outsourced to another company.

Employment at the plant is expected to drop from 200 to about 150 when the layoffs are completed.

The newspaper says Panasonic owns the plant and is providing severance pay based on length of service, as well as two months of paid medical coverage.

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