ALABAMA – 1366 Technologies will seek to develop its solar wafer manufacturing plant outside the U.S., the company announced Friday, and not at Genesee County’s Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park site where it only two years intended to eventually employ 1,000 workers.

In a statement, 1366 Technologies CEO Frank Van Mierlo cited the uncertainty of the federal request spurred the decision.

“After much consideration and a careful evaluation of the many paths to commercialization available to the company, 1366 Technologies is finalizing options to build its first commercial factory abroad,” Van Mierlo said.

Sanderson said 1366 Technologies has internal timelines for bringing their DirectWafer product to the market, and is moving ahead with commercializing the solar cell component technology.

The agency, which received $33 million in state funding for the site’s development, has constructed a roadway into the 1,250-acre site, as well as planned infrastructure improvements to service the first phases of 1366’s proposed $700 million project.

“We remain extremely excited and committed to STAMP because there is a long pipeline of leads and great interest in the site by various advanced manufacturing businesses.”

“While they would have been an economic asset to the community, one cannot help but wonder if 1366 Technologies was ever serious about opening a plant at the STAMP site in Alabama,” Collins said in a statement.