- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) - The big REC Silicon factory in Moses Lake is shutting down its production for the next few months.

The company blamed an ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

REC Silicon announced Monday morning that it would shut production down until June.

The Columbia Basin Herald says no layoffs are planned because employees will be shifted to maintenance and repairs. The plant has about 700 workers.

The company has said China comprises 80 percent of the its market.

The trade dispute between the U.S. and China involves a 57 percent duty China charges on its solar grade polysilicon imports.

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Information from: Columbia Basin Herald, https://www.columbiabasinherald.com

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