Wacker is a global producer of materials, which are ultimately used in things like solar panels, paper towels, cars, paints, and textiles. It is publicly-traded, based in Germany, with more than 14,000 employees. The company’s U.S.-based operations are in Charleston, Tennessee and Adrian, Michigan. In 2017, Wacker set up a small R&D center in Scio Township, and this year announced its desire to build a new $68 million research and development center in Ann Arbor. This R&D center will house up to 300 scientists, researchers, chemists, and other staff. After a process to select the site for this project, Wacker Chemical chose Ann Arbor as their preferred location because of the community’s research expertise, access to research and know-how at area universities, all while offering a place where employees want to reside.
Ann Arbor SPARK has been active in the recruitment of Wacker’s R&D center to the region. The operation fits well within Ann Arbor’s growing R&D business cluster and Wacker’s presence would produce another great place to work in Washtenaw County, as well as additional tax revenue and support for other local businesses.
To learn more, read statements of support outlining why this project is a great fit for Washtenaw County:
- Brief overview of the project and its local impact
- Letter of support from Governor Whitmer
- Letter of support from Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
- Letters of support provided to Pittsfield Township Planning Commission and Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees
- Economic impact study from Impact Data Source based on expected project investment and job creation
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