published Monday, February 21st, 2011

Wacker begins hiring for project

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    Staff photo by Jenna Walker/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Construction workers survey the land of the Wacker construction site in Bradley County. The plant will manufacture materials for the production of solar panels.

Wacker Chemical has hired the first nine local engineers for its project team related to its $1.45 billion plant under construction in Bradley County, an official said today.

Thomas Kastenberg, senior engineer for the plant, said it wants “local talent” to be part of the German company’s team from the start.

Wacker plans to hire 650 people by the time the plant is in full production in 2014, he said. The plant is expected to be finished in late 2013.

Kastenberg said the plant, which will make hyperpure polycrystalline silicon for the solar industry, will have “a very sophisticated and advanced process.”

“This will truly be a state-of-the-art facility,” he told a group of local engineers.

See full story in Tuesday’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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