Hemlock Semiconductor, majority owned by Dow Corning, signed a long-term supply contract with Airgas. The contract will see Airgas build an air separation unit at the Clarksville, Tennessee Hemlock site and supply nitrogen to Hemlock’s polysilicon manufacturing facility. The estimated completion date is for sometime in 2012.
“We will operate the new plant within our Airgas Merchant Gases business unit, which has the proven expertise to run the production plant,” Mike Molinini, executive vice president and COO for Airgas stated. Airgas Merchant Gases runs Airgas’ network of air separation plants, oversees procurement and supplier relationships and distributes atmospheric gases.