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Ferroglobe Plans Wallace, South Carolina, Production Operations

Ferroglobe, a producer of silicon metal, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Wallace, South Carolina. The $20 million project is expected to create 19 jobs in Marlboro County.

The new facility, located on Brickyard Road, will filter and process quartz from the soil which will then be distributed to the company’s silicon plants across the country and used as an input for silicon metal production. Operations are scheduled for the second half of 2024.

“This new South Carolina operation in Marlboro County will be a key source of raw material for our multi-state operation. It will provide a key ingredient for our silicon metal production which has now been identified as a U.S. Critical Material by the Department of Energy. Silicon metal is an important material for semiconductors, photovoltaics, aluminum and batteries, and the South Carolina operation will be a critical part of the U.S.-sourced supply chain. Ferroglobe feels welcome in South Carolina and appreciates the hard work officials have performed to assist us in establishing this new operation,” Ferroglobe CEO Marco Levi said.

As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. The council also awarded a $250,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Marlboro County.

“Ferroglobe’s decision to establish operations in Marlboro County reinforces the economic growth we have seen in our state’s rural areas. We are pleased to welcome this internationally recognized company to South Carolina and look forward to a long and successful partnership,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

Ferroglobe produces silicon metal and other silicon-based alloys for critical products such as aluminum, solar cells, semiconductors and batteries. The company currently operates 25 facilities globally.

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