The Hemlock 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 industry.
“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 here."
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 facility.
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