Wacker offers production status update

By BRIAN GRAVES

Posted 10/29/17

All site personnel remain employed at Wacker-Charleston as work continues following the Sept. 7 explosion.Mary Beth Hudson, vice president of Polysilicon and plant manager, said in a release the …

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Wacker offers production status update

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All site personnel remain employed at Wacker-Charleston as work continues following the Sept. 7 explosion.

Mary Beth Hudson, vice president of Polysilicon and plant manager, said in a release the company "is working carefully and diligently toward resuming production."

She noted production will only resume at the plant after a thorough inspection has been completed, following conclusion of the third-party expert investigation and after all necessary repairs have been made.

"Restarting production will take several months," Hudson said. "We will take our time and cover all the necessary steps before the production process restarts."

She added Wacker employees are supporting repair efforts and other site activities during the interim period. Wacker-Charleston has removed the chemicals from the building where the hydrogen gas leak and explosion occurred.

"The removal process was meticulous and efficient," Hudson said. "Safety was and continues to be out top priority and focus."

Hudson said the physical damage to the building, which has now been stabilized, was not as significant as initially thought. The company is also continuing its ongoing air quality monitoring at the site and Hudson added those levels remain safe.

"We are confident Wacker-Charleston will become stronger and better," Hudson said. "We are appreciative of all the support we have received as well as the constructive feedback from our team members and the community. This feedback has been helpful as we strive long-term to be the among the best corporate citizens for our community and for our state."

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