MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Dow Corning, a global silicon-based technology company, broke ground on a nearly $30 million investment at its Alabama silicon metal manufacturing facility near Montgomery this week.
The capital investment will be used to enhance equipment and technology at the site. The investment will create about 30 new jobs at the site in the next few years, Dow Corning estimated. The company currently employs more than 150 people in the Montgomery area.
"We are very pleased that Dow Corning has shown its confidence in the excellent work force of Montgomery by choosing to expand here," said Governor Robert Bentley. "These employees play an essential role in delivering the silicon metal products manufactured at the site. We appreciate the jobs this company has brought to the area and look forward to future growth for this company in Alabama."
"This investment signifies Dow Corning's commitment to sustaining the success of this site in Mt. Meigs and our appreciation for the wonderful home that Montgomery County provides us," said Tommy Vessels, Dow Corning's Alabama site manager.
Grant Chaney, director of corporate development for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, said that Dow Corning's significant investment with this capital improvement project paves the way for future growth and more investment in the community. "We are proud of the hard work that Tommy and his team of dedicated employees put in every day and we will continue to support them in every way possible."
Silicon metal manufactured at the site is used as a raw material for thousands of silicon-based products, used in the electronics, automotive, construction, and solar industries, among others.