Wacker Polysilicon welcomed more than a dozen people to its facility to talk about the company’s history and its upcoming expansion during TAEBC’s summer Energy Connect event.

Mary Beth Hudson, Vice President of Wacker Polysilicon NA, Charleston Site Manager and TAEBC Board Member provided a keynote address giving those who attended insight into the global chemical company.

With a portfolio of hyper-pure polysilicon for semiconductor and photovoltaic applications, Wacker ranks among the world’s leading manufacturers in this field, offering customers comprehensive, solution-oriented expertise. Wacker’s Charleston, Tennessee facility, which started production of hyper-pure polysilicon in early 2016, represents a $2.5 billion commitment to state of the art, high value added manufacturing in the United States. According to Mary Beth Hudson, Vice President and Site Manager, Wacker is proud of its 650+ employees and 20,000+ metric tons annual manufacturing capability.

Mary Beth also commented that in addition to the Polysilicon plant, the company is excited about its recently announced $150 million investment and addition of some 50 full-time jobs to build a pyrogenic silica plant adjacent to the existing plant. This represents Wacker’s strategic business plan to expand its global footprint in the United States, the world’s second largest chemical market.

“Our vision is to expand our Tennessee plant further, boosting our U.S. production, exports, and jobs while contributing to and supporting the advanced energy sector,” said Mary Beth.