Item Information
Brand Gildan Or Similar
Color Black
Condition New With Tags
Country region of manufacture Honduras
Material 100% Cotton
Size Xl
Style Short Sleeve
Theme Solar Energy
Upc Does Not Apply
Estimated Shipping 15 - 20 Days
Item Description

Solyndra Bankrupt Green Solar Company Rudolph and Sletten Contractor T Shirt XL

One of the last souvenirs of one of the largest taxpayer scams in history, this is a new without tags, extra large black tee shirt from the company that built the taxpayer subsidized Solyndra Fab 2 facility in Fremont, California, Rudolph and Sletten. The front of the shirt has a chest pocket with "Solyndra The New Shape of Solar" silkscreened above it. On the back is a list of companies that participated in the "Fab 2" project underneath the Rudolph and Sletten company logo.

Formed in 1962 when Onslow “Rudy” Rudolph became partners with Kenneth Sletten, the general contractor pioneered construction of buildings for numerous Silicon Valley organizations. The firm has built key facilities for Apple, Genentech, Kaiser, Microsoft, Intel, eBay IBM, Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. Also on its list of accomplishments are icons such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and parts of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch production facility in Marin County. It also built the manufacturing plant for failed Fremont solar company Solyndra.

The company manufactured its products in Fab 2, a $733 million state-of-the-art robotic facility in Fremont, California, which opened in September 2010. Fab 2 was built with the support of a $535 million federal loan guarantee along with at least $198 million from private investors. According to an initial public offering by the company, the combined annual production capacity of the plants was projected to be 610 megawatts by 2013. After expanding production in 2008, the company announced on 3 November 2010 that it was mothballing its older plant, Fab 1, and postponing expansion of recently opened Fab 2.

In September, 2011, the company ceased all business activity, filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, and laid off all employees. The company was also sued by employees who were abruptly laid off. Solyndra was raided by the FBI investigating the company. Federal agents visited the homes of Brian Harrison, the company's CEO, and Chris Gronet, the company's founder, to examine computer files and documents. Bloomberg reported in 2011 that Solyndra's $733 million plant had whistling robots and spa showers, along with many other signs of extravagant spending.