CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Construction begins Thursday on the new solar technology plant coming to Middle Tennessee.
Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. will begin the $1.2 billion construction project eight months after the official groundbreaking in Clarksville.
Hemlock Semiconductor wants to increase manufacturing by 10 times in the next seven years and the investment in Clarksville is a key part of that goal. HSC is a subsidiary of Dow Corning and the world's largest maker of polycrystalline silicon for solar cells and semiconductor chips.
In 1957, Dow Corning began making polycrystalline silicon for use in semiconductors. Three years later, production began at the Hemlock, Michigan plant. In 1979, Hemlock Semiconductor formed as a Dow Corning subsidiary and in 2002, the company branched out to solar panel construction. The Clarksville Hemlock plant will mean the creation of hundreds of highly specialized jobs and the state is giving local Austin Peay University the means to train future workers.
Tennessee will give APSU $6.4 million to start a whole new curriculum.
In addition to the new plant, Hemlock Semiconductor also announced the expansion of its existing facility in Michigan.
That is projected to cost $1 billion.