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This new Bellingham solar facility will add jobs to town

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen tours Itek Energy’s new solar panel manufacturing facility on Cornwall Avenue with Chief Operating Officer Dave McCarty in Bellingham Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. At 48,000 square feet, the new facility is three times as big as Itek’s other facility.
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen tours Itek Energy’s new solar panel manufacturing facility on Cornwall Avenue with Chief Operating Officer Dave McCarty in Bellingham Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. At 48,000 square feet, the new facility is three times as big as Itek’s other facility. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

A solar panel manufacturer showed off its new building that is expected to bring more than 100 jobs to the downtown core.

Itek Energy is putting the finishing touches on its 48,000-square-foot facility at 800 Cornwall Ave., near the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. After the company moves its 85 employees from 3886 Hammer Drive to the new facility, they plan to add around 30 more workers, according to a news release from the Port of Bellingham. The company got its start in the Irongate business park in 2011.

U.S. Rep Rick Larsen, D-Everett, toured the new facility on Friday afternoon.

The bigger space will allow Itek to increase production to meet the growing demand for solar panels along the West Coast as well as enter the East Coast and international markets. Itek’s founder and CEO John Flanagan said the solar market is projected to triple in size in the next five years.

The company will keep its other facility at 3886 Hammer Drive for custom size panels.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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