United States Vice President Joseph Biden To Visit Great Lakes Bay
United States Vice
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be in the Great Lakes Bay Region on
Tuesday to discuss how The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009 investments are improving communities and creating jobs in Saginaw and
across the state of Michigan.
The Vice President will be joined by Administrator of the Small Business
Administration Karen Mills and Michigan Senator Carl Levin to deliver remarks
at Delta College.
Vice President Biden will be touring the chemical processing simulation lab
at Delta College, which trains people for jobs at Dow Corning and Hemlock
Semiconductor Group, as well as for other companies in the region. The
simulation lab features process equipment similar to what is seen in many Dow
Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor manufacturing sites. In fact, much of the
equipment was donated by Dow Corning.
In December 2009, the White House announced that Dow Corning and the Hemlock
Semiconductor will receive approximately $169 million in Recovery Act Advanced
Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for investments supporting the growing solar
The tax credits include $141.9 million for Hemlock Semiconductor's recently
expansion of its Michigan polycrystalline silicon operations, and $27.3
million for a monosilane
manufacturing plant Dow Corning currently has under construction.
"These manufacturing tax credits are a critical step in establishing new
clean-technology manufacturing jobs to the United States," said Stephanie
A. Burns. "This bold investment will propel America into an era of
sustained, renewable energy use and help put Americans back to work."
"Green jobs are real, and this announcement shows that the United States
is serious about becoming a global leader in alternative energy
technologies," said Rick Doornbos, Hemlock
Semiconductor president and CEO. "Hemlock Semiconductor is creating
more than 1500 jobs while investing billions of dollars in Michigan and
Tennessee and will continue to grow as the country and world commit to a clean