First Solar Inc. has dedicated its factory site in Mesa, Ariz., and announced that Todd Spangler has been appointed site director and general manager of the new factory.
Spangler previously served as general manager of First Solar's factory in Perrysburg, Ohio. Mike Koralewski will succeed Spangler as manager of the Perrysburg facility and was appointed vice president of site operations and plant manager.
First Solar's Mesa factory is expected to begin producing modules by the third quarter of 2012 and will employ approximately 600 full-time associates, according to the company. First Solar is investing just over $300 million in the four-line factory, which will produce approximately 250 MW of thin-film modules per year.