E. Idaho plant produces first batch of polysilicon



POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) _ An official with Hoku Corp. says a
partially completed plant in eastern Idaho has successfully
produced polysilicon, a product used for making solar panels.

President and CEO Scott Paul says construction will resume
immediately on the $390 million plant to increase production

The company on Thursday announced the successful pilot
production at its Hoku Materials plant in Pocatello. The company
did not say how much polysilicon was produced.

Paul says that during the next nine months to a year the company
will be hiring between 150 and 200 workers to staff the plant.

The plant is expected to eventually produce 4,000 metric tons of
polysilicon a year.


Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com

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