Polysilicon maker REC Silicon has announced that it will lay off another 100 workers at its Moses Lake facility in Washington State, as the factory heads into long term shutdown.

REC Silicon ASA will lay off another 100 workers at its Moses Lake facility in the state of Washington, almost exactly one year after the last round of job cuts at the struggling polysilicon production plant. In a company issued statement, REC Silicon called on the federal government to restore “…open, fair, and unrestricted access for sales of U.S. polysilicon in the Chinese market.”



After operating at low utilization rates for more than a year, the plant is now heading into long-term shutdown. REC Silicon originally planned to suspend production at Moses Lake back in March, but has repeatedly extended this deadline, most recently in anticipation of a meeting between U.S. President Trump and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping at the recent G20 Summit in Japan, in the hope of a resolution to the U.S-China trade dispute that would restore its access to the Chinese market.

Though it still appears hopeful that trade negotiations will lead to the removal of tariffs on polysilicon imports from the United States into China, REC Silicon acknowledged that neither government has imposed a deadline for such a resolution or provided anything approaching certainty on when one might appear.

And now it appears time has run out for the beleaguered manufacturing facility, which heads into long term shutdown with the loss of another 100 jobs. REC Silicon states that an unspecified number of employees will remain at the site to allow the facility to restart on short notice, and that it will rehire its skilled employees should its access to the Chinese polysilicon market be restored in the near term.

The company noted that its second U.S. facility located in Butte, Montana, which produces polysilicon for the semiconductor industry, will not be affected by the Moses Lake shutdown. It also confirmed that restructuring costs associated with the shutdown and workforce reduction will be unchanged from the previously reported $3.7 million.

Please note these were tariffs put in place by the Chinese in 2014, over 50%!, and NOTHING to do with President Trump, other than he was still trying to get the tariffs removed. Obama obviously did not succeed either!

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Clear Plastic Cover Sheets

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

PC Sheet, PVC Roof Sheet, FRP Sheet, Synthetic Resin Roof Tile - CO-WIN,https://www.co-winhk.com/