Airgas signs contract to build ASU in Clarksville, Tennessee


Airgas, Inc. has signed a long-term supply contract to build an air separation unit (ASU) in Clarksville, Tennessee in the US, to supply Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C.

The new ASU will also be capable of meeting the increasing demand for merchant gases in the region.

Hemlock Semiconductor, a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon used in manufacturing semiconductors and solar cells, is majority owned by Dow Corning Corporation.

Airgas has signed a contract to supply nitrogen to Hemlock Semiconductor’s $1.2bn polysilicon manufacturing facility when completed in 2012. Airgas will build the ASU on Hemlock Semiconductor’s Clarksville property located in Northeast Montgomery County, with the plant producing nitrogen and other atmospheric gases for Hemlock and the merchant market in the region.

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