Wacker Chemie AG announces new plant for Charleston

CHARLESTON, Tenn. (WDEF) Wacker Chemie AG is adding to their investment in Bradley County.

Tennessee officials announced on Wednesday morning the company’s plans to build a new production plant in Charleston.

It will make Wacker’s new HDK brand of pyrogenic silica.

The company will invest another $150 million dollars to build the new facility.

It will be next to and be incorporated with the current plant.

And it should create 50 new jobs.

Governor Bill Haslam said “Our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs is made possible when successful companies choose to grow and create new opportunities for citizens throughout the state. We are grateful to Wacker for its decision to further invest in Tennessee by building a new production plant in Charleston.”

“While in Germany last month, I had an opportunity to visit with several members of Wacker’s North American and German leadership teams who proudly shared with me that Wacker celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. I look forward to Wacker’s continued growth in Bradley County and seeing the company reach many milestones in Tennessee in the years to come.”

Eight years ago Wacker Chemie AG announced their first plans to build in Bradley County.

Over the years it has turned into a $2.5 billion investment.

That’s the largest single investment in Tennessee history.

“The additional capacities strengthen our market position as a leading global producer of pyrogenic silica and help us to meet our customers’ growing demand,” Wacker CEO Dr. Rudolf Staudigl said.

“The new plant is the next logical step toward expanding Charleston into a fully integrated silicon site in the world’s second largest chemical market.”

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