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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd announce Wacker Chemie AG to build new pyrogenic silica plant at existing Charleston site

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December 14, 2016
NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Wacker Chemie AG officials announced today the company will build a new production plant for its HDK® brand of pyrogenic silica at its Charleston site in Southeast Tennessee. Wacker will invest $150 million in the new production facility and create 50 new jobs in Bradley County.

“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,” Haslam said. “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.”

“Wacker announced its plans to join the Charleston business community less than eight years ago and in that short time, it has had a significant impact on the state. The company’s $2.5 billion investment represents the largest single investment in Tennessee’s history, and we’re proud to see that Wacker’s continued confidence in the state’s highly-skilled workforce and dedication to innovation has resulted in expanding its Tennessee footprint,” Boyd said. “On behalf of Team Tennessee, I’d like to thank Wacker for its new investment in Bradley County and for creating valuable jobs that will have a great impact on area residents.”

“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.”

Wacker produces HDK® pyrogenic silica in Burghausen and Nünchritz, Germany and Zhangjiagang, China. The Munich-based chemical company is the world’s third-largest manufacturer in this sector.
Doug Berry, Vice President, Economic Development
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