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The 80,000-square-foot former warehouse has been converted into a facility to manufacture solar panels. ... Photo by Jack Weatherly

Seraphim, city mum on status of Jackson solar panel plant

By JACK WEATHERLY

Seraphim Solar USA Manufacturing has been busy marketing in overseas trade shows the product to be made in Jackson

It announced in September that the start of production in its $50 million west Jackson plant at 3111 Lawson St. would be last November.

The company sent out a news release with a Jackson dateline and date of March 1 saying that it was introducing “our new high-efficiency module the ‘Eclipse’ to the global market.”

It did so in at expos in Japan and London. And earlier this month in Istanbul, Turkey, according to its website.

Yet Seraphim has not responded to emails from the Mississippi Business Journal for this article and earlier ones. And the city of Jackson, which announced in July it was “partnering” with the Chinese company, has not returned phone calls.

There are signs of activity at the 80,000-square-foot building, which has been decked out with company colors and logo for months – roughly 20 autos and pickups are parked at the facility and people are coming and going.

The property is marked posted and “private property – keep out.”

An employee for International Paper, which has a warehouse across the street from the Seraphim facility, said he has not seen any big trucks hauling off solar panels.

A Seraphim website shows a what appears to be an interior photo of the Lawson Street plant and an 18-wheeler with no discernible markings leaving Lawson.

The estimated cost of  converting the 80,000-square-foot building will be about $550,000, according to the permit issued by the city of Jackson.

The permit was issued on July 20, less than two weeks after the city announced that it would “partner” with Seraphim Solar, which would employ up to 250 jobs in five years.

Seraphim said that its payroll could rise to $7.3 million. That would be an average of $29,200 per employee. But it is not known if that includes management.

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2 comments

  1. “Yet Seraphim has not responded to emails from the Mississippi Business Journal for this article and earlier ones. And the city of Jackson, which announced in July it was “partnering” with the Chinese company, has not returned phone calls.”

    Hopefully, they haven’t decided to join major TV and movie studios, the Motion Picture Assoc. of America, Bryan Adams, Sharon Stone, Sela Ward, the NY Mississippi Picnic, and several states in turning their backs on Mississippi because of HB 1523.

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