Voting Starts Monday to Name HSC Polysilicon ‘Coolest Thing Made in Michigan’ in Manufacturing Contest

GLBR residents asked to support HSC by casting votes for polysilicon

HEMLOCK, Mich. ― The ultra-pure polysilicon produced by Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC) has been nominated for the 2020 “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award hosted by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).

This “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” contest highlights the coolest product manufactured in Michigan and is part of the MMA’s MFG Excellence Awards program, which celebrates the contributions manufacturers make to Michigan’s economy and local communities.

Twenty-seven Michigan-made products from around the state are included in this year’s competition. The winner will be decided based on how many votes a product gets during two rounds of voting by the public.

Anyone can vote daily for up to four products at to help determine which products make it into the Top Ten. Round 1 of voting begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, and runs through Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. A second round of voting will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, and run through Friday, Nov. 20.

The winner of the “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” will be announced during the virtual MFG Excellence Awards event in January. A photo of the polysilicon produced by HSC is available here and a logo for the contest is available here and here.

“Polysilicon truly is the material that powers our world as the essential ingredient in the semiconductors that run electronics and the solar panels that give us green energy,” said HSC Chairman and CEO Mark Bassett. “We hope everyone in the Great Lakes Bay Region goes online and casts a vote for polysilicon so that all of Michigan knows how vital and ‘cool’ polysilicon is.”

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HSC is the nation’s largest producer of ultra-pure polysilicon and the only one headquartered in the United States. It’s one of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s largest employers with 1,400 employees and contract workers engaged in its 24/7 manufacturing operation west of Saginaw.

About Hemlock Semiconductor

Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC) is a leading provider of ultra-pure polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, solar cells and modules. At HSC, we’re passionate about silicon-based technology and its unique potential to connect and energize the world we share. HSC’s polysilicon enables customers to produce high-tech electronics and solar energy, and our efficient manufacturing process delivers products with an ultra-low-carbon footprint. HSC began operations in 1961.

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