New Opportunity For Auto Workers

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

The auto industry keeps asking Congress for bailout money. But one company headquartered not far from the ailing Big Three automakers has announced a $3 billion expansion.

Hemlock Semiconductor manufactures a material used in photovoltaic solar panels. Its product is in high demand and the company employs people around the clock to make it. Another sign that green jobs could be on the rise .

While there are no exact numbers on how many green jobs there are, estimates range from one to four million. Even before the stimulus bill, clean-energy industries had been growing. Investors poured a record $177 billion into alternative energy industries in 2007.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law in February, provides $500 million to train 70,000 workers in renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs over two years. And that might be just the kind of bailout the auto workers need.


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