Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing
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CASM statement responding to new CASE economic report

Washington, D.C., January 30, 2011 – The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), composed of seven U.S. manufacturers of crystalline silicon solar cells and panels and more than 150 associate members representing more than 11,000 employees, issued the following statement in response to the new CASE economic analysis released earlier today:

“SolarWorld and the other members of CASM strongly support the creation of American jobs in the solar industry,” said Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., based in Oregon. “This highly speculative study ignores the illegality of China’s actions and fails to consider the harm those actions have caused to high-tech manufacturing jobs in the solar sector.  We do know that thousands of good-paying American manufacturing jobs have already been lost to illegal Chinese dumping and subsidies for solar products.  Our goal is to build America’s solar manufacturing base and the good jobs with benefits, innovation and competition that come along with it.”

Other points to consider when evaluating the CASE study:

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The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing is made up of seven companies that manufacture solar cells and modules in the United States as well as more than 150 employers of more than 11,000 workers who have registered their support for CASM's case as associate members. These member companies have plants in nearly every region in the United States, including the Northwest and California, the Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and South and support several thousand U.S. manufacturing jobs. For details about CASM, go to www.americansolarmanufacturing.com; email media questions to media@americansolarmanufacturing.org; other questions or comments may be emailed to contact@americansolarmanufacturing.org.

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