published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Wacker plant work, hiring ongoing

Wacker officials said today that work and hiring is still ongoing for the company’s $1.8 billion polysilicon production plant near Charleston, Tenn., and it’s aiming for its revised startup schedule of mid-2015.

Last October, Wacker announced it was pushing back the startup of the plant by about 18 months, citing too much production capacity for polysilicon in the marketplace.

Today, the company graduated 44 new lead chemical operators and technicians from its Wacker Institute at Chattanooga State Community College.

Konrad Bachhuber, who’s heading up the massive Bradley County project, said the company now has 270 employees at the site, including engineering staff from the company’s headquarters in Germany.

In addition, about 1,000 construction workers continue to build the factory that will produce polysilicon for the solar power industry.

See Friday’s Times Free Press for full story.

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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