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Supply-Chain Survival in the Age of Globalization by James A. Pope

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CHAPTER 8

Doing It Right

A Mini Case Study

Throughout this book, I have emphasized the problems and pitfalls of global supply chains. Although there are many problems and pitfalls, there can be significant benefits from producing abroad or using overseas sources. This final mini case study describes how a company, First Solar, has approached overseas expansion. They have, to date, been successful in these efforts. The following information is based on the public record1 and discussions with members of their management team.

First Solar has been the leading solar panel company in the world. It was formed in 1999 and began production in 2002. It was founded in the Toledo, Ohio, area and still maintains its only U.S. production facility in Perrysburg, ...

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