Green Energy Company Takes Federal Money, Then Lays Off Employees

Posted on January 19, 2012


Ohio (Becket Adams-The Blaze) – Willard & Kelsey Solar Group LLC laid off about 40 people indefinitely at the beginning of January until changes to its production line are completed, according to Blade Business.

The layoffs were confirmed by WTOL 11 and Sophia Fisher, executive manager of the Northwest Ohio Solar Hub.

“I’d say pretty typical of the cycle these businesses go through and experience. It’s not uncommon,” Fisher told WTOL 11. Apparently, she believes Willard and Kelsey can make a comeback.

“Go in, make changes to production line improvements from efficiency and cost from a business perspective. Then you’ll eventually, in the near future, you’ll see them ramp up again for production,” Fisher said.

Michael Cicak, the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board, would not say when the changes would be completed or when the laid-off employees could return to work, writes Kris Turner of Blade Business.

“We have some technical people in here improving the efficiency of the assembly line,” Mr. Cicak said, adding that the Perrysburg-based facility still has about 30 employees.

When it’s fully operational, Willard and Kelsey employs a little over 80 people. So what made the energy company have to cut back on its numbers?  

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