Executives with Hemlock Semiconductor have decided to permanently close their massive Clarksville factory complex without it ever producing a finished batch of polycrystalline silicon, the rock-like material used in solar panels and semiconductor chips. Hemlock announced six years ago that it would invest more than $1 billion in Clarksville, but a global supply glut and the threat of Chinese tariffs led the company to lay off its 300 local workers in the spring of 2013.
Jimmy Settle has the story for The Leaf-Chronicle.
Now, the company will have to work with local government to determine what parts of the massive facility they built here just within the past few years can perhaps be re-purposed for other business uses.
The Regional Transportation Authority has hired Parsons Brinckerhoff to look at how the transit options connecting Nashville to Clarksville could be improved. Among the options is a commuter rail line that would use existing tracks. Emily Luxen at NewsChannel 5 has more info.
Agero Inc., a Massachusetts-based company that markets roadside assistance and safety services, plans to add more than 100 people to its Clarksville call center. The company will hire its new employees throughout this year at the facility, which opened almost two years ago. Agero officials say they're also hiring for their Florida, Arizona and Ontario operations.
MissionPoint, Saint Thomas Health's accountable care organization, announced today it has been awarded a $80,000 grant from the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation to launch a chronic disease management program.
The pilot program will serve 400 uninsured patients living with diabetes in Montgomery County and Fort Campbell.
"We are very excited for the work that this grant will allow us to do in the Montgomery County area," Jason Dinger, MissionPoint CEO, said in a release. "Through this grant, we will continue our mission of serving some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Dinger said the funding would pay for case management services for patients, with the goal of helping them better manage their diabetes.
"We selected MissionPoint as the recipient of this grant because of their commitment to the health and wellness of the uninsured, as well as their proven track record of improving community health, reducing costs, increasing access and enhancing the patient experience," said Joey Smith, board member of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation.
A Haslam administration deal to lure Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. to invest some $800 million in a manufacturing facility and create some 1,800 jobs in the Clarksville area comes with a $72 million incentive package, according to state officials.
State funds will come in the form of reimbursable grants for job training, site prep and some funding for a cultural center to help ease the transition for Korean nationals locating to the state, said ECD spokesman Clint Brewer. The deal also includes a clawback provision, he said.
The announcement comes less than a year after another large ECD development promising hundreds of jobs to the area fell through. In 2009, Hemlock Semiconductor agreed to build a $1.2 billion facility in the area, but earlier this year let go of some 300 employees and has yet to open the plant. The Hemlock deal came before the state began using clawback provisions to ensure that tax dollars spent to lure businesses here are refunded if the company fails to produce jobs.
Gov. Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty will this morning travel to Clarksville and join forces with that city's mayor, Kim McMillan, and Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers to announce a "significant" jobs event that is likely to be a massive Hankook Tire manufacturing plant. The South Korean company last week said it was in last-minute talks with state officials for an area factory that is expected to have the capacity to crank out 10 million tires per year. The complex could employ up to 1,000 people.
Area franchisees Mark and Lorrie Deering and co-owner Marcia Winn are preparing to open the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit location in Tennessee on Madison Street east of downtown Clarksville. The roots of Dallas-based Dickey's go back more than seven decades. The company's Clarksville store will open its doors Thursday morning and feature several promotions through the weekend.
Clarksville-based companies Facility Management Services and Del-Jen have both been awarded nice support services contracts by Department of Defense units. FMSI has again been picked to handle $14.2 million worth of various jobs at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Arizona. (Here's a link to the company's similar 2011 contract.) Del-Jen will do about almost $27 million worth of work over the coming year on and near the Naval Air Station Pensacola. Check out all the details here.
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