The carpet and flooring industry have long been a mainstay in one Georgia county for many years.
On Wednesday, Whitfield County, GA (Dalton) was selected to be the manufacturing site for a popular solar panel company, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea.
The South Korean business is expected to bring over 525 jobs to the area with an investment of $150 million over the next three years to the Dalton, GA area. Hanwha Q CELLS is making the Georgia city their first U.S. location.
The company is planning to locate in the local business park and the workforce development assets help attract the South Korean company to Whitfield County.
According to a report in Greentech Media, MJ Shiao, a global leader in renewable and emerging technologies, believe that President Trump’s appeared to be playing a role in enticing more U.S.-based solar productivity. However, Shiao remains skeptical of how effective the Trump’s tariff polices will be at creating a healthy solar market in the U.S.
Many manufacturers will certainly explore building manufacturing capacity in the United States, but a combination of timing, market factors, and the tariffs themselves will put an end to most of these schemes. – MJ Shiao
According to a press release from the South Korean company, the Georgia plant is part of a larger, world strategy. The solar company is expected to receive over $15 million in land and tax incentives.