Centron Solar has made front page news with the announcement that it may bring up to 300 much needed jobs to Eugene. But it remains unclear just how much substance Centron actually has and if all those jobs will actually materialize.
"Really, we don't know what's real here and what's not real," Bob Warren, a state business development officer for Lane County told the Oregonian.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t look like thereâ€™s a large upfront investment,â€ Jack Roberts, director of the Lane Metro Partnership told The Register-Guard.
Hereâ€™s some other details that also raise questions about the substance of the Centron Solar operation:
â€¢ The newspapers stories appear to rely entirely on one person, Ocean Yuan, for all their information about the company.
â€¢ Large Chinese manufacturing companies are alluded to as partners but not named and quoted. Yuan declined to name any of the companies involved.
â€¢ The company doesnâ€™t appear to have much physical presence beyond its relatively small new website . The site registrant address is listed as a private home in south Eugene.
â€¢ The small rented warehouse location doesnâ€™t look like much.
â€¢ With manufacturing done in China, itâ€™s unclear what exactly people in Eugene would be doing. Is it a sales call center? An assembly facility? A corporate headquarters?
â€¢ Of the six people listed on the website as part of the company â€œmanagement team,â€ only two live in Eugene. Two live in Portland, one in Vancouver, Washington and one in Atlanta, Georgia.
â€¢ The company posted job ads on Craigs List in numerous large cities throughout the country. The listings include several grammatical mistakes and appear to offer only part-time contract work done at home and paid only by sales commission.