Another taxpayer-funded solar-panel company, Willard & Kelsey Solar Group LLC, is undergoing operational issues, as it recently laid off about 40 people indefinitely due to delays in its production line. CEO and board chairman Michael Cicak would not comment on the timeline of the production changes or when the laid-off employees might return to their jobs.
"We have some technical people in here improving the efficiency of the assembly line," asserted Cicak, adding that the facility in Perrysburg, Ohio, still has a couple of dozen employees. He stated that Willard & Kelsey employs a little more than 80 employees when its production is fully functional.
The Ohio-based solar company has endured a string of production and staffing delays since its inception in 2008, but Cicak announced last week that the facility would reopen Monday after it completed its inventory adjustments. Interestingly, however, according to the Toledo Blade, only 15 vehicles were in the parking lot at 1:30 p.m. Monday, and the office "was devoid of activity, and the rows of desks were empty," implying that more is going on behind the scenes.
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