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Chemical company workers to train at college

CHATTANOOGA. (AP) - New hires at an eastern Tennessee chemical company will receive much of their training at Chattanooga State Community College under a deal between the German company and the 2-year school.

The arrangement represents a multimillion-dollar investment by the polysilicon manufacturer in equipment and facility improvement at the college. Wacker officials confirmed the partnership to The Chattanooga Times Free Press but declined to discuss a dollar amount.

The community college also has a contract with Volkswagen to train employees for its $1 billion plant, which is expected to begin production in early 2011 and employ 2,000 people.

The Wacker plant in Bradley County is on track to open in 2014 and initially will create between 500 and 600 jobs. The company's largest plant in Germany employs 10,000 people.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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