published Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

New $300 million Wacker investment will boost production

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    This is a view from an aircaft of the Wacker plant site in Bradley County, Tenn.
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Wacker officials said today that $300 million more invested in its Bradley County plant will bolster its production capacity.

“It will optimize the plant,” said Ingomar Kovar, Wacker Chemical’s chief executive officer.

Wacker officials this morning marked the opening of a $5 million pilot training plant at Chattanooga State Community College. The training facility is where Wacker employees will learn the high-tech processes needed to run the $1.8 billion facility now under construction.

The plant will employ about 650 people when it starts operations in early 2014 making polysilicon for the solar industry.

For full story, see Thursday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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