Semiconductor may start production in 2013

Semiconductor may start production in 2013

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CLARKSVILLE (AP) - A multi-billion dollar semiconductor may begin producing a critical base component in solar energy panels starting in 2013.

Hemlock Semiconductor Director of Contract Manufacturing Terry Strange said construction has gone well on the $1.2 billion first phase of the project being built in Clarksville. Strange told The Leaf-Chronicle the key has been investments made by local government, assisted by the state, in procuring and preparing land with infrastructure.

Strange, who is moving to Louisville, Ky., said it was a risk involving millions of taxpayer dollars, but the local leadership made the right decision under considerable scrutiny.

The plant, which will produce polycrystalline silicon for solar cells and semiconductor chips, is projected to begin operations in 2012 and employ between 500 and 800 people in specialized and technical jobs.

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