BP Solar plans to close the remainder of its Frederick, Md., manufacturing factory early next year. In March 2010, the company announced it was ceasing silicon casting, wafering and cell manufacturing at the location, which resulted in the loss of approximately 320 of the 430 jobs at the plant. Certain marketing and research operations remained.
Now, the operation will be shut down entirely, and the building will be placed on the market, according to a report from the Frederick News-Post. Company spokesman Pete Resler told the newspaper that the move is part of a ‘major restructuring’ of BP America, including a shift in focus from module manufacturing to project development.