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Legislation to assist Hemlock project moves forward

Representative Curtis Johnson pleased with outcome

hemlock-logoRepresentative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) said today he was pleased to see two bills achieve passage in the , that will aid in moving the Hemlock project in Clarksville forward.

“This was a small victory for Clarksville, as these bills will assist in moving the Hemlock project forward in a timely fashion,” said Rep. Johnson. “The House Finance, Ways and Means Committee is an important hurdle that has been cleared toward making sure this happens, and the people of this area are provided with careers.  As a member of the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee, I was proud of the unanimous vote to send this legislation to the House Calendar Committee,” he added.

Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation announced in December that the company would be opening a facility to produce polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) production, a key raw material used to manufacture solar cells and semiconductor devices. The $1.2 billion investment was a major coup for the state and for Clarksville, and is estimated to provide more than 500 jobs immediately after opening.

“We were so pleased to see Hemlock choose Tennessee for its new site, and in particular Clarksville because of the positive economic impact it will have on our community. We are very lucky to have them coming in such a difficult economic climate, and I remain committed to ensuring that the state is upholding their end of the bargain. I understand that the company and state set a very ambitious timeline to complete the project, and the legislature needs to work to make sure they can meet these obligations,” concluded Representative Johnson.


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