DayStar Appoints McCaffrey as Manufacturing VP

January 09, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

DayStar Technologies Inc. has appointed Mr. Jack McCaffrey to the position of Vice President of Manufacturing. Prior to joining DayStar, Mr. McCaffrey served as Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering at Evergreen Solar Inc., where he was instrumental in implementing their new PV manufacturing technology. The addition of Mr. McCaffrey to the DayStar team brings the total number of employees at DayStar to 43, up from only 7 one year ago

He was responsible for process, productivity, product and machinery design and fabrication, and materials procurement, as well as the hiring and development of a staff of 250 operating personnel. His efforts helped Evergreen Solar transition from its pre-IPO origins to a successfully publicly-traded pure-play solar company, achieve production capacity growth from 250kW to 13 MW, and increase revenues from $400k to nearly $40 million in just over five years time.

"Jack's impressive background is an ideal fit for DayStar at this stage in our commercialization," DayStar Chairman and CEO Dr. John Tuttle stated. "The abilities and experiences that he brings to DayStar will be integral to our progress as we continue to advance our production capabilities," concluded Tuttle.

He most recently managed the international factory and start-up for a 30 MW solar cell plant for EverQ, a joint venture between Evergreen Solar and Q-cells, a German supplier of silicon-based solar cells.

Prior to his service at Evergreen, Mr. McCaffrey enjoyed a 20-year career at various manufacturing and engineering positions at Polaroid Corp., including his role as the Director of Worldwide Manufacturing for Polaroid's Holographic Products Division. Mr. McCaffrey is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Chemistry and General Engineering.