Wacker Chemicals to Add 200 New Jobs, Build New Facilities

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Chemical Company Wacker currently employs seven hundred people at its Charleston, Tennessee facility.

But soon that site is going to expand, adding several new silicone production facilities.

The expansion is being done to meet market demand for products such as semiconductors, and it’s a two hundred million dollar investment.

“The majority of that is going to be spent here, locally, with contractors and people providing the work to build the buildings and buy the infrastructure. Some equipment may come from overseas, but the majority of it would be here in the U-S,” said Wacker Site Leader Ken Collins.

The development is also slated to create 200 new jobs.

According to Collins, these jobs will vary from engineering to management to other skilled tasks.

“These jobs range from technical operators to mechanical maintenance, electrical instrumentation maintenance, engineers, managers. So, they will be operated as almost separate plants They will be high paying, good paying jobs, well above the average in Bradley County or McMinn County or Polk County or the greater Chattanooga area,” said Collins.

The silicone produced at the plant can be used for semiconductors, which are indispensable to modern technology.

According to Collins, the Charleston Site produces twenty-five percent of the world’s supply of semi-conductors.

Wacker will begin constructing the new facilities in 2023.

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