CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A new solar plant in southeastern Tennessee received more than 4,300 applications for its first 60 jobs.
Wacker (VAHK'-er) Chemical Corp. spokesman Bill Toth said Monday that applicants who were not picked for the first jobs will be considered as hiring continues.
The $1.5 billion plant to be finished in 2013 in Bradley County will make polysilicon for the solar-panel industry.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a Wacker executive said at the first day of orientation for the new hires that up to 700 jobs may be created.
The trainees for lead chemical operator jobs will spend six months training at Chattanooga State Community College and another six in Germany.