$3B Hemlock Semiconductor expansion possible in Clarksville

$3B Hemlock Semiconductor expansion possible in Clarksville (Image 1)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Hemlock Semiconductor has confirmed a possible $3 billion expansion at its new plant currently under construction in Clarksville.

The expansion is in addition to the Michigan-based company's initial $1.2 billion investment and would create about 900 new jobs.

In an interview with The Leaf Chronicle, Lola Potter, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, stressed the expansion is not yet a done deal.

Governor Bill Haslam, however, is looking to pass legislation to have money available if an agreement is reached.

In an interview Tuesday morning, Liana Wallace, Community Relations Manager for Hemlock Semiconductor, told Nashville's News 2 the company is in discussions about the potential for future growth but said “market conditions will determine those timelines.”

“What I can tell you is we're working very hard and focused right now on hiring the 500 individuals that will help get this $1.2 facility up and running next year,” she said.

Hemlock Semiconductor produces poly silicon, a material used in solar technology.  Its new Clarksville plant is currently being built on Jim Johnson Road off Highway 79.

The facility is scheduled to be finished in 2012 with production expected to start later that year.

The company is currently in the process of hiring for 500 full-time positions. Interested applicants should apply online.

“We're going to do a majority of that hiring this year, in 2011, so the time to apply for jobs at Hemlock Semiconductor is now,” Wallace said.  “The types of positions that we're hiring for are engineers, production operators and people in the skilled trades.”

Hemlock Semiconductor has said it hopes to make Tennessee a leader in solar energy with the construction of the new Clarksville facility.

Read more at HSCPoly.com.

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