Wacker Chemical to build new regional headquarters in Michigan, US

WCN Editorial Team 7 Oct 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Wacker Chemical is set to build its new North American Innovation Center & Regional Headquarters in Pittsfield Charter Township in the US state of Michigan.

The building will have the capacity to accommodate more than 300 employees, including those who will relocate from the company’s current regional headquarters in the city of Adrian. The project will create 70 new jobs in the next five years.

Wacker said that it will continue the production of elastomers, silicone fluids and silicone emulsions at its existing facility in Adrian. About two-thirds of the employees will remain in Adrian to support the operations.

Wacker president and CEO David Wilhoit said: “We are excited to move forward with our Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters to be located within Michigan.

“Our new facility will enable future growth in the state and serve as an important anchor for our operations across North America.

“This area is one of the nation’s leading communities for R&D. We look forward to networking with, and recruiting from, this highly educated and skilled talent base.”

The new project represents the company’s second expansion in Michigan in recent years. In 2017, the company had set up its first silicones R&D centre in Ann Arbor.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation chief business development officer and executive vice president Josh Hundt said: “This new Innovation Center & Regional Headquarters continues to build on Michigan’s R&D leadership and sends yet another strong signal that Michigan’s economic recovery is well underway.

“We’re pleased that Michigan was chosen over competing sites in other states for this new headquarters facility, and we look forward to working with Wacker as they continue to grow and add jobs in Michigan.”

The Pittsfield Charter Township has offered a 50% property tax abatement to support the project.

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A rendering of Wacker’s new Innovation Center & Regional Headquarters. (Credit: Wacker)

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