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Hemlock Semiconductor Group marks the beginning of site construction in Clarksville, Tennessee
Semiconductor Group celebrated the beginning of construction at its
recently developed site in Clarksville, Tennessee today, and gave guests a
glimpse of what the new facility will look like when completed in 2012.
With an investment of up to $1.2 billion, 500 full-time jobs, and more than
800 construction jobs, Hemlock Semiconductor’s new facility will increase
polycrystalline silicon production to meet the needs of the growing solar
“The State of Tennessee has enthusiastically embraced our company and the
alternative energy industry,” said Rick Doornbos, president and CEO of Hemlock
Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C.. “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
Doornbos along with Governor Phil Bredesen and Dr. Stephanie Burns,
chairman, president and CEO of Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductor’s
majority shareholder, delivered formal remarks at the Commerce Park location in
Clarksville-Montgomery County. Doornbos, the Governor, and Burns also
unveiled an architectural drawing of the site and the new street name “Solar
Way” which will lead to Hemlock Semiconductor’s new polysilicon manufacturing
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.”
Prior to this event the state of Tennessee and the Montgomery County
Industrial Development Board were managing site preparations. The site was
formally handed over to Hemlock Semiconductor in late October.
The celebration event comes on the heels of a July groundbreaking at Austin
Peay State University for a new state-of-the-art chemical engineering
technology building, of which, Hemlock Semiconductor contributed $2 million for
laboratory equipment. A new associate’s degree program, recently approved by
the Tennessee Board of Regents, will train future chemical process operators
for the new site and other industries in the region.
Hemlock Semiconductor is continuing the process of qualifying suppliers of
material and labor and will continue to expand its contractor base over the
coming months. Interested parties should visit www.hscpoly.com and complete the Vendor/Supplier
When completed, this new site will employ approximately 500 people.
Job postings will be listed at hscpoly.com. The
types of positions that will be available are as follows:
Degreed and experienced chemical, electrical, and mechanical
Experienced and certified journeypersons in various skilled trades
disciplines, including: electrical, instrumentation, power pack/ power
distribution, process information control systems, pipefitters/ welders,
millwrights, and machinist trades,
Specially-trained chemical process operators.
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.
About Hemlock Semiconductor Group
The Hemlock Semiconductor Group (hscpoly.com) – Hemlock Semiconductor – is
comprised of two joint ventures: Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock
Semiconductor, L.L.C. The companies are joint ventures of Dow Corning
Corporation, Shin-Etsu Handotai and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation. Hemlock
Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other
silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and
solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began its Michigan operations in
1961 and broke ground at its Tennessee location in 2009.
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to
serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global
leader in silicones, silicon-based technology
and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services
via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is
equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than
half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.
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