After being selected to supply solar panel components to First Solar, Inc., America's largest photovoltaic solar manufacturer, Ice Industries will establish a new manufacturing plant in Bowling Green, Ohio. The $9 million project is expected to create 120 jobs.
The 150,000 square foot plant, located at 333 Van Camp Road, will produce steel back rails for First Solar's advanced thin film modules. The site is planned to launch in October 2022.
"Ice Industries is excited to undertake this new endeavor in a new location. The City of Bowling Green, the Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio have been very helpful in our location selection and planning and will provide various incentives and methods of support for training and onboarding of our new associates. We're excited to advance our hiring later this summer as we get equipment installed and move closer to production launch," said Monica Perez, Director of Human Relations for Ice Industries.
Ice Industries, Inc. is a world-class supplier with a broad range of capabilities including: deep draw metal stamping; metal fabrication; CNC machining; MIG, TIG, and resistance welding; assembly; kitting; rolled and welded pressure vessels, and powder coating.
"Ice Industries' investment further establishes Ohio as a leading supplier for the rapidly-growing solar panel industry," said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio President and CEO. "This new, cutting-edge facility in Bowling Green will support rising global demand for solar energy while bringing new advanced manufacturing jobs to Northwest Ohio - another great example of Ohio's global leadership in manufacturing."
"Ice Industries had considered several potential locations for their new operation, and we're thrilled they've chosen Bowling Green,” added Kati Thompson, Executive Director of Bowling Green Economic Development. “With a strong history of success and their presence in an important industry, we know they'll be a tremendous asset to our community. We look forward to supporting their efforts as they get up and running and beyond."