published Friday, January 20th, 2012

Wacker plant buildings going vertical in Bradley County

Aerial photo of Wacker Chemical site
Aerial photo of Wacker Chemical site
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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Wacker Polysilicon has begun putting up the three largest buildings that will be constructed at its massive Bradley County plant.

“This first quarter of 2012 marks a milestone for our plant’s construction,” said Martin Richtberg, head of the $1.5 billion construction project near Charleston, Tenn.

He said the trio of buildings, the site’s most complex, have precast walls which allow for the installment of a highly sophisticated system for producing hyperpure polysilicon.

“These first three buildings to be erected are integral to our closed-loop process and the production of polysilicon,” Richtberg said.

More than 5,000 precast components will be used to build these facilities, with 1,800 installed to date. Over 30 buildings, which will either be precast structures or cast-and-place steel structures, are planned for the site.

Ground preparation for the site began in December 2010. The plant will open in late 2013 making polysilicon used in the solar industry.

On an average full day, there are about 700 construction workers on site.

about Mike Pare...

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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