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California Company Plans to Build Las Vegas Plant

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LAS VEGAS -- A California company says it plans to build a $20 million manufacturing plant for solar power cells in the Las Vegas area.

Amonix Inc., which is based in Seal Beach, Calif., says the operation will employ about 278 workers. The plan was announced Saturday during a dedication ceremony in Henderson for a 308-kilowatt solar installation that the company sold to Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Amonix CEO Brian Robertson says workers will make concentrated photovoltaic solar equipment -- the same type of solar cells used to power satellites. The panels convert sunlight into electricity.

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said at the ceremony that these types of projects are important for diversifying Nevada's economy.

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