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Unionized green energy jobs coming to Michigan, making solar panels

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Solar energy panels will be build
at a Traverse City, Michigan
company, adding 20 unionized
manufacturing jobs.

A Traverse City company has landed a major deal on a green-energy solar-power project in California. It means 20 new manufacturing jobs in northern Michigan.
Cone Drive Gearing Solutions in Traverse City beat out international competitors to win a contract to help build a utility-scale solar project in the Mohave Desert, between California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. 
The system is the world's largest concentrated solar power complex under construction of nearly 400 Megawatts, Interochen Public Radio reported.
Solar power is a new company focus for Cone Drive. The 20 new positions in Traverse City will be assembly line production and manufacturing jobs, adding employment opportunities at the unionized facility, with a current workforce of 163.
The company says the contract will also bring in work for at least two of their local suppliers, adding more jobs to the Traverse City area. Those companies are not named, and Cone Drive leaders did not disclose the total dollar value of the solar-power contract.

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