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Manufacturer Leaves San Diego For Mexico

Apparently as a result of high costs and legislative uncertainty, a manufacturer of solar panels has left the San Diego Enterprise Zone to Tijuana. As reported in the San Diego Union-Tribune:

A Spanish firm which once employed 130 people assembling solar panels in Otay Mesa has moved manufacturing to Tijuana.

Siliken Solar’s move to Tijuana was prompted by lower labor costs there and a lack of interest in American-made products, said Jorge Molina, director of plant operations for Siliken Solar.

“We’ve decided at this time to turn the Otay facility into a distribution point versus a manufacturing plant,” Molina said.

The loss of the factory is a hit to the local economy, said Cindy Gompper-Graves, chief executive of the South County Economic Development Council.

“California, in particular, needs to position our companies to compete with the rest of the world,” she said. “In some cases, that means incentivizing our companies to create jobs in California.”

Instead, state government is moving to reduce support for programs like enterprise zones and redevelopment areas.

“We need those manufacturing jobs,” she said.”Without those middle-income jobs, we don’t have the bridge for people to go from low-paying jobs to middle-income jobs to higher-paying jobs.”

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