HiTest Sand Project

Edmonton-based HiTest Sand Inc. proposes to invest $300 million in a new state-of-the-art silicon refining facility in Usk, creating an estimated 400 construction jobs and 170 permanent full-time jobs. To bring this major new employer to the county, the Washington State Department of Commerce has committed $300,000 in economic development assistance through the Pend Oreille County EDC.

Much of the silicon produced from sand at the smelter will be used by in-state solar cell manufacturers, computer chip makers and aluminum product manufacturers. As an additional potential boost to local employment, the smelting process will use large quantities of wood chips from forest cullings.

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