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Hemlock Semiconductor Makes 400 Previous Layoffs Permanent

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THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Michigan-based silicon products company Hemlock Semiconductor said it was making permanent a layoff of 400 workers at sites in Michigan and Tennessee, a move they said was forced by a supply glut and trade conflicts with China.

Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. announced the layoffs in January and said they would be permanent.

The layoffs affected 300 employees at a site in Clarksville, Tennessee, and 100 at its home base in Saginaw County's Thomas Township, near Saginaw.

Spokesman Jarrod Erpelding said there was no sign of resolution of the trade disputes that led to the job cuts.

The company makes high-purity silicon materials for use by semiconductor and solar ingot/wafer manufacturers.

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