Latest investments boost Michigan’s leadership in semiconductor industry

With a strong history of leadership in manufacturing, Michigan is now paving the way as a world innovation hub for the semiconductor industry.

With a rich history in manufacturing and innovation, Michigan is poised to be a guiding hand as the world’s needs for semiconductor technology continue to evolve in the 21st century. As the global epicenter of the automotive industry and home to one-fifth of U.S. auto production, Michigan is equipped to support the increasing global demand for semiconductor technology.

Michigan’s demonstrated leadership in advanced manufacturing within the semiconductor field is evident in companies with a longstanding presence in the state, such as Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation, the largest producer of polysilicon in the U.S. Hemlock was chosen as the site of Governor Whitmer’s CHIPS Act executive directive signing thanks to its key role in Michigan’s growing semiconductor industry.

On Sept. 7, 2022, Hemlock announced plans to invest $375 million and create 170 jobs at its facilities in Thomas Township, further ensuring Hemlock’s long-term commitment to continue to produce the essential polysilicon for the semiconductor and solar industries in Michigan.

Meanwhile, semiconductor wafer manufacturer SK Siltron recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of its $300 million facility with Governor Whitmer. SK Siltron announced plans in July 2021 for the expansion of operations in Bay County, creating up to 150 jobs.

This week’s announcements build on the momentum of the passage and signing of the CHIPS and Science Act by President Biden in August, further bolstering Michigan’s leadership role in the national semiconductor supply chain and next generation of the automotive industry.