published Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Wacker seeking to fill 60 key slots


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Wacker Polysilicon North America wants to fill about 60 more lead operator and supervisory posts in chemical and technical manufacturing areas for its Charleston, Tenn., plant.

“We are looking for people with a mechanical, technical or chemical background who also have leadership experience in a manufacturing environment,” said Erika Burk, director of human resources for the Bradley County facility. “It is our goal to make 60 job offers by the holidays.”

She said plans are to begin interviews for the jobs in November.

Those hired will train for six months in Chattanooga at the Wacker Institute at Chattanooga State Community College, earning between $15 and $21 per hour, according to the company. New hires then will travel to Wacker’s polysilicon plant in Burghausen, Germany, to train alongside their counterparts there. 

The company already has hired the initial 70 lead operators, and they’re training at the institute.

Wacker plans eventually to hire from 650 to 700 people. The $1.5 billion plant will make polysilicon for use in the solar industry.

Amanda Plecas, the company’s site communications manager, said Wacker has hired about 120 workers so far, and most of them are local.

“Our new hires will be part of a team working at a state-of-the-art company in the green industry of renewable energy. These positions offer lots of opportunity for upward mobility, as well,” Burk said.

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328Kwebsite said...

Wackers own officials tell people directly that the polysilicon will be made for use in any industry that can buy their products. Why don't you begin asking some critical questions instead of just parroting what they tell you?

September 29, 2011 at 1:20 a.m.
dollycasiano said...

Expand your mind and expand your knowledge. There are still jobs out there. Go after a degree in the field of your choice and on demand. Find your field at "High Speed University" websites to know which are on demand and suitable for you.

September 29, 2011 at 1:26 a.m.
Echo said...

328K - what is your point? Aside from the liberals in our government - what kind of organization strives to make a product that nobody wants?

Considering the majority of comments here are from the almost literate commenting on Mr. Scribbles incoherent attempts at political critique, what kind of "critical questions" require an answer for the inquiring minds of this digital rag?

Ultra pure polysilicon is a key component of photovoltaic solar panels. Demand for this commodity is currently in short supply. PV solar is 14% efficient, so it is not economically viable at current electrical prices, however subsidy, regulation, and market forces could change that equation abruptly.

Ultra pure polysilicon is also used for computer chips and microprocessors so there is a market even if the world's Eco-socialists fail to impose artificial price support for the industry as they have done in Germany.

So let the big people worry about who will buy the stuff OK? Here's what you mouth breathers need to know - If you can get it, it's a good gig and Wacker is a good fit with the local economy so don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

September 29, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
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