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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Oct. 26, 2010



Suntech opens in Goodyear



GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Oct. 26, 2010) Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., the world's largest producer of solar panels, opened its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Arizona, on Oct. 8. The new facility will employ more than 75 people by early next year. Suntech plans to expand next year, eventually employing more than 150 people by late 2011.


Gov. Jan Brewer joined Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh, council members, and other officials at the grand opening.  The Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the City of Goodyear played a key role in assisting Suntech with its selection process. Suntech cited costs, logistics, Arizona's renewable energy policies and a supportive local business climate as key elements in choosing Goodyear.


The 117,000 square foot facility features state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing equipment. The Goodyear operation will also bolster solar research collaboration with Arizona State University.


For more information about Suntech opening in Goodyear, visit our website at, or visit




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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749