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Saginaw County officials hope to grow solar jobs

THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Economic development officials are hoping some land behind an old Saginaw County farmhouse is the spot where solar industry jobs sprout in the future.

Construction on the $7.5 million Great Lakes Solar Technology Park will start with a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday morning at the 240-acre greenfield in Thomas Township.

The Saginaw News reports work should wrap up next summer.

A mile away, officials hope Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. will attract more companies in the solar supply chain. Hemlock Semiconductor is a manufacturer of polycrystalline silicon.

Thomas Township Manager Russell Taylor says "the key to most of the issues that we face both from a social aspect and from an economic aspect are based on the need for jobs."

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