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Green jobs, new plant coming to Vaughan

McGuinty Government Investing In Next Generation Manufacturing

Office of the Premier

Ontario is creating new jobs in green industries by supporting an innovator in solar power energy.

The province is investing nearly $8 million in 6N Silicon to help create sustainable jobs for skilled workers. This investment supports 6N's $50-million expansion. The company is opening a new manufacturing plant in Vaughan and creating 84 new jobs.

The expansion will help cement 6N's reputation as a leader in the emerging green economy. Many of its employees are former auto workers who have transferred their skills from one sector to another successfully. The company has also drawn international interest for using a revolutionary manufacturing process that turns low-grade silicon into the form needed to produce solar cells. This method is cheaper, quicker and more energy-efficient than others. It is also helping 6N meet growing global demand for renewable power.

The government's investment comes from the Next Generation of Jobs Fund, which supports Ontario-based companies looking to invest in clean cars, fuels, technologies and products. The fund is part of a broader plan to retool workers and stimulate the province's changing economy.

Quick Facts

  • On average, the solar industry has grown at over 45 per cent per year for the past nine years.
  • Deloitte and Touche named 6N Silicon one of Canada's top 15 green technology companies.
  • The company's founder, Scott Nichol, started working on the process for refining silicon in his basement two years ago.
  • North America's largest solar farm is being built in Sarnia. It will supply enough electricity to power 6,000 homes by 2010.

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“We're proud to support a leading-edge process that creates jobs in Ontario and provides a clean technology solution to the world.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Ontario's highly skilled workforce and our government's support for innovation have positioned this province to lead in the global knowledge-based economy.”

Sandra Pupatello

Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“We've chosen Ontario because of the skilled workforce, competitive business environment and the tremendous support we've received to help us commercialize our technology. The speed 6N needed to serve our customer's needs was certainly matched by the province.”

Paolo Maccario

CEO, 6N Silicon Inc.

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