Wacker Plant Brings New Jobs to Bradley County

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- You may not know what Pyrogenic Silica is, but workers in Bradley county will soon be producing 13,000 metric tons of it every year.

Wacker had a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for a new plant that will create even more jobs at the Charleston location.

It was just about a year ago when Wacker Chemie AG celebrated the grand opening of a 2 and a half billion dollar Polysicon plant in Charleston.

Now, the company is committed to adding another facility on the same site.

Civic, business and political leaders gathered to officially begin construction with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The plant will make HDK pyrogenic silica.

“The HDK facility that we’re building here will increase the overall capacity of HDK for Wacker. And, right now, we’re getting all this material from our Wacker overseas. So we will have the “made in America” HDK that we will be supplying both our Wacker facilities in the states, and also our customers in the states,” said Willaim Gram who is the HDK plant manager.

The company will spend 150,000,000 dollars on the new facility. It will create at least 50 new jobs.

“What is special about this investment in this community is these are significant family wage jobs..and they are the jobs of the future,” said Rober Rolfe.

Tennessee leaders say Wacker will have an apprenticeship program, and also work with Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program to produce better trained employees. It provides a path for every graduating senior to get a 2 year degree or a TCAT certification.

“We did provide some incentives for this expansion. However, the significant investment dollars from the state were awarded back when the company made the decision to invest 2 and a half billion dollars in Charleston, Tennessee.,” said Rolfe.

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