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2011.05.06
Construction Workforce Tops 1,600 at Clarksville, Tenn. Site


Administration Building Nearly Complete as Manufacturing Campus Takes Shape

Clarksville, Tenn.: More than 1,600 construction workers are currently active at Hemlock Semiconductor Group’s Clarksville, TN site as construction of the administration building nears completion.  Warehouse, maintenance buildings, and other support facilities will be finished later this year and production facilities will be complete in 2012.

The $1.2 billion plant is scheduled to begin producing polysilicon, the cornerstone material for solar cells, in late 2012. The Clarksville Hemlock Semiconductor facility will meet the needs of the growing solar industry.

“The manufacturing campus is taking shape,” said Jim Russo, project director, Hemlock Semiconductor. “It’s a big change from last year when you could see only a few buildings on the site.”         

Russo says that all construction trades are needed but the emphasis is shifting to pipefitters and electricians. Information about construction jobs is available through the Montgomery County Career Center.

Professional and operations employees will move into the administration building, known as the Hemlock Semiconductor Solar Center, in late spring and summer of 2011. The Hemlock Semiconductor Solar Center will be considered for LEEDS certification by the United States Green Building Council, as it features natural lighting, water conserving plumbing fixtures,and roof-top solar panels.

Hiring is underway for the 500 full-time employees who will operate the plant when it begins producing polysilicon in 2012. Available positions include production operators; degreed and experienced chemical, electrical and mechanical engineers; and skilled trades such as instrumentation and welding. Job openings are posted at hscpoly.com. Resumes must be submitted online.

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. HSC and HEMLOCK SEMICONDUCTOR are trademarks of Dow Corning Corporation.

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