07 Apr '11, 11am

“Zombie” Manufacturing Program Revived for Green Jobs in Solar Industry

“Zombie” Manufacturing Program Revived for Green Jobs in Solar Industry

The semiconductor program from the 1980′s, called SEMATECH, was conceived during the height of the Reagan presidency (yes, that Reagan ), after Japan bumped the U.S. out of its global leadership role in semiconductor manufacturers. We taxpayers shelled out $500 milllion over five years to help fourteen domestic companies improve their manufacturing capabilities. It’s not exactly the greatest model for long term domestic manufacturing, because SEMATECH soon detached itself from federal funding and drifted off into global initiatives. However, the basic concept is solid: rather than standing around watching as individual companies flail around for solutions, use public resources to organize a partnership that can compete in the global marketplace.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/07/zombie-manufacturing-...

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