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Silfab Ontario announces new COO and General Manager

Silfab Ontario Inc., a Canadian subsidiary of global vertically-integrated photovoltaic (PV) provider Silfab Spa, announced that Paolo Maccario has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) and General Manager, effective January 1, 2011. Maccario will take over Silfab Ontario's operations as the company is now entering a crucial phase of development that will lead up to the inauguration of its new 180 MW module manufacturing plant slated for spring 2011.

December 9, 2010  By  Craig Pearson

“Paolo Maccario brings the ideal mix of leadership experience and photovoltaic know-how to Silfab Ontario as we move forward on installing the first production line in our new manufacturing facility and proceed on hiring our first production specialists,” said Franco Traverso, President and CEO of Silfab Ontario and Silfab Spa. “Over the past couple of months, we have signed preliminary contracts for 102 MW with international and domestic partners. This is an extremely busy and exciting time for our company and I believe Paolo’s outstanding set of skills will be pivotal to accelerating Silfab Ontario’s growth and productivity in the years to come.”

“I am very excited to join Silfab Ontario,” said Paolo Maccario. “Silfab has a great international reputation and is a highly dynamic company that in the short duration since its entry is already playing a key role within the Canadian solar market. It is a great opportunity for me to work with a team of founding partners that not only has several decades of international photovoltaic experience, but also brings to Canada state-of-the-art technologies that are both highly competitive and ‘Feed-in-tariffs ready’.”

With 15 years of experience as CEO of international automotive and clean-tech organizations, Maccario was most recently CEO of 6N Silicon Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of high purity solar grade silicon. Prior to that, Maccario served as President and CEO of Meridian Technologies Inc., the world’s largest company engaged in the engineering and manufacturing of magnesium products for the global automotive industry. Earlier, he held senior management positions in automotive and industrial organizations operating in the U.S., Mexico and Italy, including Teksid Aluminum Foundry and various units of Fiat S.p.A.. Since 2001, Maccario has also served as the President and Chairman of Team Italia, an association aiming to bring together Italian companies and their executives operating in Canada.

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