HiTest Silicon Project
Edmonton-based HiTest Silicon proposes to invest up to $325 million in a new state-of-the-art silicon refining facility in Pend Oreille County, 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 committed $300,000 in economic development assistance through the Pend Oreille County EDC.
Pend Oreille County Commissioners announced on Oct. 3, 2017 that the pre-construction application process for required permits is now under way.
Much of the silicon produced from sand at the refining center 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 refining process will use large quantities of wood chips from forest cullings.
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