Saint-Gobain Halts Devens Operations

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WBJournal.com, Posted: July 28, 2014

By: Emily Micucci

After announcing two years ago it would expand to Devens, French multinational materials company Saint-Gobain has ceased operations there, according to a company official.

Production of components used in LED lights stopped in the spring, according to Bill Seiberlich, a spokesman for Saint-Gobain. A small number of employees are still working to close down the site on Barnum Road, which was formerly occupied by the now-defunct Evergreen Solar.

The facility was designed to produce wafers used in LED lights for mobile devices. The company reportedly invested $30 million in the facility before production began in January 2013, and had planned to employ up to 90 there. Seiberlich said in a statement that changes in the market prompted the decision, but there’s a possibility operations could resume if the market dictates. The company will decide at the end of the year whether to permanently close the site at the end of the year, Seiberlich said.

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