published Friday, April 8th, 2011

Wacker plant could be expanded

Cleveland, Tenn — The chief executive of Wacker Chemie said today that the company’s plant here could be expanded in the future.

“The plant site is of a size to allow for future expansion,” said Rudolf Staudigl at groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of a $1.5 billion plant to make polysilicon for the solar industry.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said he plans to talk with Wacker officials about expansion prospects later today.

Wacker plans to employ 650 workers when the plant opens in early 2014.

For more information, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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