Former Evergreen plant at Devens sells for $36 million
Lowell Sun Online, Posted: 06/02/2015 01:48:53 PM EDT
By: Christopher Scott
DEVENS — It was one of the most publicized debacles of former Governor Deval Patrick: $56 million in tax credits to entice a solar panel manufacturing company to build at Devens, the former Ayer Army base.
The 448,000-square-foot building at 112 Barnum Road, was built by Evergreen Solar in 2010. But just several years later, the market crashed, Evergreen moved jobs overseas, and the plant closed in 2011. More than 800 employees lost their jobs.
The building’s star-crossed existence continued, when Saint-Gobain, a France-based building-materials company that occupied the building following Evergreen, ceased operations.