ANN ARBOUR, Mich., May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wacker Chemical Corporation (WACKER), a pioneer and global leader in chemical R&D and manufacturing, today officially opened its new innovation center and regional headquarters in Ann Arbor. Company management welcomed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmeralong with several other state, county, and township officials, to hold a groundbreaking ceremony and tour the site.
The technology campus covers 18 acres at 4950 S. State Rd. and serves as the leadership and innovation hub for WACKER’s North and Central Americas (NCA) region. The state-of-the-art center is currently home to over 200 team members, including the company’s NCA leadership team; the main chemists of the region; IT and other technical experts, as well as support functions.
Construction of the 140,000 square foot site began by WACKER developer and contractor Kirco-Manix in December 2020and WACKER team members moved into the building in mid-April 2022.
the $50 million-the more investment allows chemists, scientists and senior management who previously worked on three Michigan to collaborate in one space and provides room for the expansion and growth expected by the world leader in silicones, polymers, polysilicon and biosolutions. The Innovation Center includes world-class labs; a full-service cafeteria; a fitness center open 24/7; and open collaborative workspaces.
WACKER will continue to produce elastomers, silicone fluids and silicone emulsions from its existing operations in Adrian, Michigan, where the regional headquarters was previously located. the Adrian The site, established in 1969, remains a growing base of operations for the approximately 275 employees who manage production for the company’s WACKER SILICONES division there.
“We are delighted to officially open this world-class innovation center to our valued partners today,” said President and CEO of Wacker Chemical Corporation David Wilhoit. “The site will serve as an important anchor for our growing operations in the North and central America. This area is home to dozens of research facilities and educational institutions, making it one of the main communities in Michigan and the entire country for R&D, enabling the company to connect with and recruit the best high-tech talents in the country. »
“The Innovation Center will be Wacker’s new North American headquarters for a broad and diverse workforce and will be a workspace for 300 operating Michiganders at the forefront of high-tech manufacturing and innovation. “, said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This facility is a talent magnet, showing other companies that Michigan is the obvious answer when deciding where to expand or move their business. Our position as the global epicenter of high-tech manufacturing and innovation is clearer than it has ever been thanks to companies like Wacker. Let’s continue to work together to grow the economy, create well-paying jobs and conduct innovative research that will define the future, right here at Michigan.”
About Wacker Chemical Corporation
WACKER is a pioneer and leader in chemical R&D and manufacturing whose solutions create a better world for generations. The company provides innovative formulations for the world’s key industries including automotive, healthcare, personal care, construction, paints, textiles and many more. WACKER is a pioneer in silicone and polymer technology, the leading supplier of polysilicon to the solar industry, and an innovator in biotechnology applications for food/nutrition and pharmaceuticals. Known for working with customers to develop solutions tailored specifically to their development needs, WACKER has 10 locations across United States, including several technical centers and manufacturing facilities. The American company Wacker Chemical Corporation (WCC) is a subsidiary of Wacker Chemie AG, a $6 billion global chemical R&D and manufacturing company headquartered in Munich, Germany.
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