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Qcells Receives ABC Alabama Award for New Georgia Facility

Gray, a top-ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm, is proud to announce Qcells has received the first place excellence in construction award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama.

In Numbers

  • Dalton, GA
  • 1,183,598 s.f.
    Square Footage
  • 9 months; 15 months

Qcells recently opened its first manufacturing operation in the United States located in Dalton, Georgia. The new facility assembles high performance and high quality photovoltaic modules to serve customers in the U.S.


Qcells selected Gray to engineer, design and construct the more than 300,000 s.f. facility in just seven months.


“Gray is thrilled Qcells has been recognized for such a high honor,” said Patrick McCowan, vice president, Gray’s Southeast Regional Office. “This was a fantastic project executed by our Southeast office, and we look forward to continuing this relationship.”


“The plant was the first of its kind in the United States, and I think Gray’s role in this successful history was significant,” Jaden Jung, director of project management at Qcells. “I think it was possible because of the dedication of the Gray site team and PM team, and the active support from top management in Alabama and Lexington, Kentucky.”

The ABC of Alabama’s excellence in construction awards is a premier competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects by Alabama contractors.


“The Gray submittal for Qcells was a shining star for our banquet this year,” said Jay Reed, president of ABC Alabama. “The safety, quality control and the expedited schedule set it apart from the competition immediately.


“The ‘Gray Way’ is more than a slogan, and it shows in this project,” he added.


Known as the largest solar module plant in the Western Hemisphere, the plant boasts an annual production capacity of 1.7 gigawatts, an amount nearly equivalent to the peak output of the Hoover Dam.


About Gray


Gray is a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with nearly 60 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution and commercial facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are under way or recently completed including: a new, highly automated retail fulfillment center for in Bessemer, Ala.; custom-fitted NorthStar Kitchens for Champion in Alberta, Canada; a new paint shop for Volvo Car US Operations Inc. in Ridgeville, S.C.; and a state-of-the-art facility for Kraft Heinz in Davenport, Iowa, named Food Engineering Magazine’s 2018 Plant of the Year.


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About Qcells


Qcells is one of the world’s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., South Korea, Malaysia, and China. Qcells offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions, from cells and modules to kits to systems to large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental and residential markets. For more information, visit:

"The safety, quality control and the expedited schedule set it apart from the competition immediately. The ‘Gray Way’ is more than a slogan, and it shows in this project."
Jay Reed, President

ABC Alabama

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