Hemlock starts construction on polysilicon plant

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November 17, 2009--Hemlock Semiconductor Group has begun construction on a facility at its recently developed site in Clarksville, TN. 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.

Total construction time for the entire project is estimated to be nearly three years. The site will contain more than 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.

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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