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First Solar

became known as First Solar. Today,
the firm has more than 6,000 associates
globally and enjoyed net sales of $3.6 billion last year.
First Solar serves a client base that
primarily consists of independent power producers and owners of utility-scale
power plants.
"The companies that we deal with
are the Southerns and NextEras of the
world, as well as major utilities such
as Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern
California Edison," Koralewski says.
"[These are] companies that are large
energy providers."
The company's work also takes it
across the world. In addition to its Perrysburg site, it has a campus in Malaysia
that houses six manufacturing plants.
"We also have sales and support offices

around the globe," he says, noting that
these sites are in Europe, India, Australia and South America.

A Strong Structure
Koralewski joined First Solar in 2006 after working in the automotive industry. "I
was in that market for about 12 years prior
to coming into the solar space," he recalls.
He credits First Solar's success to its approach of keeping things simple. "We have
a very open communication structure," he
says, noting that its headquarters does not
feature any offices.
"So all of our associates, whether you're
the engineer or a CEO, sit in a cubicle,"
he says. "There are no doors, so they have
access to you. Communication is very
open and fluid, which allows us to hear everyone's thoughts and react very openly.

Northeast

Then, we can obviously create strategies
and alignment around those."
The structure of its operations also
helps. "We made a decision very early on
that we would locate the research and development with the manufacturing team
in the same plant [in Perrysburg]," he
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