Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 6:05 p.m.
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Members of the Wacker team listened to executives, who provided updates on the Bradley County plant Wednesday. (Photo: Staff)

Development is moving ahead quickly on Wacker Polysilicon’s new Bradley County plant—a project that will create as many as 3,000 construction jobs, leaders said Wednesday.

The total impact will mean “thousands and thousands” of jobs, Erika Burk, Wacker human resources director, said Wednesday. “The jobs we are creating here are not the only jobs we are creating."

By the numbers 

$1.8 billion: Local investment by Wacker

30: Number of buildings the new site will have

145,000: Cubic yards of concrete at new site

170: Miles of piping on site

220: Acres on the site currently being used

550: Total acres of site 

There are currently 1,000 construction workers working at the site.

So far in 2012, Wacker has hired more than 70 people, and leaders plan to hire more than 300 in 2013.

Leaders held an informational session and update on the project Wednesday at noon at the Wacker Institute at Chattanooga State Community College.

Wacker Polysilicon North America built the $5 million pilot plant and training facility, which is part of the Engineering Technology Division at Chattanooga State.

Students of the institute learn the skills needed to make polysilicon, which is the raw material used in solar panels.

The Bradley County plant is scheduled to be open near the end of 2013, Wacker Executive Konrad Bachhuber said Wednesday.

Informational sessions for those interested in working at Wacker are scheduled for coming weeks. (Photo: Staff)

The site is modeled after Wacker’s Burghausen plant, which was founded in 1914. It’s the largest chemical site in Bavaria.

The Bradley County site is the same size that the Burghausen plant, which has nearly 10,000 employees and manufactures thousands of different products for about 150 facilities, according to Wacker’s website.

The company is in a strong position, Bachhuber also said. It has between 15 and 20 percent of the market share in a growing industry, he said.

“This is one of the most dynamic businesses and fastest-growing industries in the world,” he said. “Wacker is doing very well in a highly competitive environment.”

Upcoming career opportunities with the company include maintenance, technical operators, chemical operators, fire brigade crew and engineers.

Upcoming public information sessions
Information sessions will be held at the Wacker Institute—located on the Chattanooga State campus—recurring every Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m. and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Resource Room. These sessions will be held until Aug. 16. Because of limited seating, attendees are asked to RSVP to Deanna Swiney at 423-697-2601.

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