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State says contractors working on SolarCity factory are being ‘paid in full’

The more than $82.4 million that was owed to contractors working on the SolarCity solar panel factory in South Buffalo was to be paid by the end of Wednesday, officials said.

“Over $82 million in state funding allocated for construction costs at RiverBend have been transferred and all invoices are paid in full,” SUNY Polytechnic Institute spokesman Jerry Gretzinger said in a statement. “The project remains on-schedule and on-budget and we expect everyone to be back on the job.”

LPCiminelli, the main contractor on the SolarCity project, has received the money from the state and has contacted all of the subcontractors to let them know that their money was available by the end of the day Wednesday, said Kevin C. Schuler, a company spokesman.

More than 110 workers, members of Local 22, United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters, remained off the job at the SolarCity project Wednesday after being laid off by contractors that had not been paid by the state for work that they had done on the project as far back as November and December.

Some members have been called back to work Thursday, with all of the remaining workers expected to be recalled within two days, said Michael W. McNally, the union’s business agent.

The layoffs had set off a furious scramble beginning late last week by state officials to find a funding source for the overdue payments. The state said Tuesday afternoon that it found funding at the state Dormitory Authority, which filed a request to transfer the money to the SolarCity project.