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BP Solar to close Frederick operation next year

FREDERICK — BP Solar says it plans to close its Frederick operation early next year and many of the site’s 80 employees could lose their jobs.

Company spokesman Pete Resler said Tuesday that BP Solar will end operations at the Ballenger Creek Pike building by early 2012.

According to The Frederick News-Post, Resler says the move is part of a major restructuring of BP America and its alternative energy operations.

Some employees at the Frederick facility, mostly in marketing and research, will be offered jobs at the company’s headquarters in Houston. Resler did not say exactly how many positions would be available in Houston.

In March, BP Solar cut 320 jobs in Frederick when it moved its manufacturing operations to other countries.