Tennessee Wacker plant employees headed to Germany

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Fifty-one lead chemical operators at the Wacker Institute are headed to Germany for more training.

They've been training for six months at the institute at Chattanooga State Community College. At Wacker's Burghausen plant, they will train for six more months with their professional counterparts.

Wacker officials said those on the trip are trailblazers for the plant and will return and train others.

Wacker Polysilicon produces hyperpure polycrystalline silicon. Its plant in Charleston, Tenn., is to begin operations by the end of 2013 and will employ some 650 full-time workers.

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