CHARLESTON, Tenn. (Times Free Press) - More than a year after Wacker Chemical announced its intention to build a new $1 billion polycrystalline silicon factory in Bradley County, the planned 200-acre site remains undisturbed.

"Community residents see Volkswagen moving so fast, so they've asked what's happened to Wacker," Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis said.

The difference, he said, is that site-work, including permits and infrastructure, had already been completed when Volkswagen announced its plans in July 2008.

Progress made since Wacker's February 2009 announcement has mostly been behind the scenes, explained Ross Tarver, chairman of the Bradley/Cleveland Industrial Development Board.

"The announcement was the easy part," Mr. Tarver said. "This is where the work begins."

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