State: SoloPower announcement 'unfortunate'
By Erik Siemers
SoloPower's North Portland plant could be non-operational by the end of June.
Oregon economic development officials on Monday were scrambling to react to news that SoloPower Inc., a solar energy startup that received millions in incentives to open a Portland manufacturing plant, is suspending operations.
The Oregon Business Development Department issued a statement calling SoloPower's plan to lay off 29 workers "unfortunate."
SoloPower announced its decision in letter to the state's Oregon Dislocated Worker Unit as part of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires a 60-day notice period in advance of actual layoffs and plant closings. The SoloPower decision would take effect June 17.
Business Oregon said it plans to take that time to learn more about SoloPower's plans. "Once we have more clarity regarding the company’s plans we will be able to determine what steps may be available and appropriate regarding their business operations in Oregon," the economic development group said a prepared statement.
Company officials haven't responded to inquiries.
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