Proving itself to be the Mayberry of Tennessee, rumors have been swirling around the basin concerning the future of the Hemlock Semiconductor Super Solar System Shop being built in the industrial park.
If you’ve followed nationwide news recently, you may have read that the solar panel industry has become hugely competitive. Prez Obama received a brow-beating from opponents focusing on the failed investment the US made in solar company Solyndra. Hoping to score big with pricey panels, this company had simply been outpriced by cheaper Chinese products.
It’s a trend that’s been hitting the entire solar industry, so it’s not going unnoticed by the bosses building the new factory. Adding to their problems is the asstastic economy. Investments in new but expensive energy technology aren’t bursting at the seams due to the whole “ain’t got no cash” problem.
Bringing it back to Clarksville, officials from Hemlock have been trying to reassure the city that production will start up in late-2012. They are alledgedly on schedule and more than half of the needed production employees have already been hired. But they have been showing some signs of wavering on future expansion.
From the Leaf Chronicle:
As a result of this market volatility, Erpelding said, Hemlock Semiconductor Group’s site in Clarksville is “adjusting the timing of future expansions to better align with customer and market needs.
Hmm…let’s hope that’s as grim as the news gets. Clarksville needs this place (yes, single moms, even more than a Panera bread). Unemployment around Clarksville is bad, and I wouldn’t even call working 20 hours a week at Wendy’s employment for many people. They want to work hard, work 40 hours a week, and get paid a fair amount that allows them to support themselves. But there are so many service industry jobs here, Clarksville feels like a giant plaza with tons of miniature plazas inside it.
I’m sure you could imagine how screwed-over many would feel if things didn’t pan out. APSU students taking 2 years of classes. City officials giving out huge tax breaks. Third party companies planning around Hemlock’s opening. All sorts of already-bitter citizens would become even more sour than they already are.
They have already went ahead and planned some construction worker layoffs. Once again…planned. But I’ve heard a few conversations about how they’re looking for any reason whatsoever to get rid of construction teams. An example is forgetting to show what’s in your lunch box on the way out will get you dropped.
BUT ONCE AGAIN, this is all heresay at this point. Let’s just sit around and bitch for awhile and see what happens.
Personally I think they made a mistake with the name Hemlock Semiconductor. If they really wanted to look like a badass company, they should have went with…