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28.3.2012 More than 900,000 safe work-hours have been recorded at the WACKER POLYSILICON construction site in Charleston, Tenn. since Aug. 8, 2010. Contributors to the milestone include a proactive site-specific safety program, a detailed orientation, pre-planned work activity structures, effective implementation overall by contractors and measured objectives.

14.3.2012 The plant’s first operational building -- the Tennessee Distribution Center -- is completed. During plant construction, the 165,000-square-foot building will hold equipment for the construction of the plant; following plant construction, the building will hold WACKER product, parts and packaging materials. Vertical construction for the Tennessee Distribution Center began Nov. 23, 2011. From start to completion on the construction of the building, no injuries occurred.

12.3.2012 The first tank for WACKER POLYSILICON NORTH AMERICA arrived; it is the smallest tank of many more to come for the plant currently under construction in the Tennessee Valley. These tanks are essential to WACKER’s polysilicon production process.

8.2.2012 Local officials joined WACKER and Chattanooga State Community College to inaugurate the WACKER INSTITUTE , a $5 million pilot plant and training facility. The WACKER INSTITUTE is part of the engineering technology division at Chattanooga State Community College.

1.10.2011 Wacker Chemie AG began vertical construction on its polysilicon site in Charleston, Tenn. The three largest buildings of the plant began moving upward with the installation of precast walls.

7.04.2011: Wacker Chemie AG officially started construction work on a fully integrated polysilicon-production site in the USA. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by numerous representatives from politics, business and local government. WACKER’s CEO Rudolf Staudigl and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam broke the ground for the large-scale project.

10.12.2010: Wacker Chemie AG announced December 9, 2010 plans to start construction for the company’s integrated production site with an annual capacity of 15,000 metric tons. The new facility is scheduled for start of production in mid-2015 and represents WACKER’s continuation to invest in the growing photovoltaic and solar energy industries.

26.02.2009 Wacker Chemie AG announced February 26, 2009 the purchase of property in Bradley County, in the State of Tennessee for the purpose of construction of a new integrated production site to produce hyperpure polycrystalline silicon and will invest about $1 billion in the local economy. The announcement is an important step in the Company’s global strategy to be close to its customers and markets served. The plant will serve the growing demand for hyperpure polycrystalline silicon used by industry in the manufacture of solar panels and photovoltaic devices. It will be for WACKER the first plant of its kind outside of Europe.

Project Highlights:

  • USD 2 billion plant investment
  • 650 new jobs
  • 20,000 metric ton capacity
  • 550-acre Greenfield site
  • Bradley County, Tennessee

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