Shining Moments: Hanwha Q CELLS
The region's advanced manufacturing sector continues its technological evolution that has led to the emergence of a burgeoning solar power sector.
The region's advanced manufacturing sector continues its technological evolution that has led to the emergence of a burgeoning solar power sector. South Korea-based Hanwha Q CELLS opened a $150 million solar panel manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia, in 2019, with the promise of 500 jobs for workers who manufacture high-performance photovoltaic modules used on rooftops and the ground throughout the global market.
Hanwha constructed its plant on 44 acres in Whitfield County, and company officials say a big reason they chose the region was because the site was development ready.
"Hanwha officials started talking to us in February, 2018, then theybegan construction of their building in June 2018, and they were up and running in January 2019," says Carl Campbell, Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority's executive director. "They wanted to be operational by the beginning of 2019, so we helped them move as fast as they needed to move in all aspects of their construction process."
Campbell days Dalton is known for being the floor-covering capital fo the world, and Whitfield County also trns out automobile doors, pharmaceuticals, corrugated paper for boxes, cleaning supplies and adhesives, among a host of manufactured products.
"Dalton is the 28th largest city in Georgia, but we're the state's third-largest manufacturing city," he says. "A big reason why companies are attracted to us is because we have solid, reliable, low-cost power - that is a big selling point for recruiting businesses. We have three top power providers that serve our industrial customers here - Dalton Utilities, Georgia Power and North Georgia Electric Membership Corp."
Written by: Kevin Litwin
Article published by Livability Media in 2020 Greater Chattanooga Economic Development Magazine.