Hemlock Starts Construction on Polysilicon Plant

The Hemlock Semiconductor Group started construction on a facility at its recently developed site in Clarksville, Tennessee last week. With an investment of up to US $1.2 billion, the facility is expected to create 500 full-time jobs, and more than 800 construction jobs and increase Hemlock Semiconductor’s polycrystalline silicon production to meet the needs of the growing solar industry.

“The State of Tennessee has enthusiastically embraced our company and the alternative energy industry,” said Rick Doornbos, president and CEO of Hemlock Semiconductor. “Governor Bredesen’s forward thinking initiatives around solar in combination with Tennessee’s attractive business climate, access to lower cost energy and a talented workforce reaffirm Hemlock Semiconductor’s decision to locate here.”

Total construction time for the entire project is estimated to be nearly three years. The site will contain over 150,000 cubic yards of concrete, 20,000 tons of structural steel, and more than one million feet of piping, which equates to 1.3 miles of piping installed per week.

“The size and scope of a $1 billion project is awe-inspiring,” said Doornbos. “But it is more than just the steel, concrete and piping that will create a strong business foundation. It is the contributions of the Hemlock Semiconductor employees in Clarksville that will continue to advance our position as a market leader in polysilicon production.”

Initially, the new site will have the capacity to manufacture greater than 10,000 metric tons of polysilicon, with the ability to expand production up to 21,000 metric tons. Most of the polysilicon produced at this facility will be consumed by firms in the solar industry.

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