HEMLOCK, Mich.Â â The hyper-pure polysilicon produced by Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC) has beenÂ named one of the 10 finalistsÂ for the 2020 âCoolest Thing Made in Michiganâ Peopleâs Choice Award hosted by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).
This âCoolest Thing Made in Michiganâ contest highlights the coolest product manufactured in Michigan and is part of the MMAâs MFG Excellence Awards program, which celebrates the contributions manufacturers make to Michiganâs economy and local communities. The winner will be decided based on how many votes from the public a product gets during the final two-week round of voting, which starts at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9.
âThe polysilicon made by HSC employeesÂ is the essential ingredient in the semiconductors that run electronics and the solar panels that give us green energy,â said HSC Chairman and CEO Mark Bassett. âWe hope everyone in the Great Lakes Bay Region goes online to help HSC win, spreading the word that polysilicon truly is the âCoolest Thing Made in Michigan.ââ
HSC produces polysilicon up to a 99.999999999% purity level â the equivalent of allowing no more than one grain of sand inside 16 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Itâs the nationâs largest producer of hyper-pure polysilicon and the only one headquartered in the United States.
HSCâs polysilicon made the cut in the âCoolest Thingâ contest to the final 10 after a two-week contest in which 27 Michigan-made products from around the stateÂ competed.
Anyone can vote daily atÂ coolestthing.mimfg.orgÂ to help determine which products will win the âCoolest Thing Made in Michiganâ Award. Round 1 of voting ran from Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 23.Â TheÂ second round of voting begins Monday and will run through Friday, Nov. 20.
The winner of the âCoolest Thing Made in Michiganâ will be announced during the virtual MFG Excellence Awards event in January. A photo of the polysilicon produced by HSC is availableÂ hereÂ and a logo for the contest is availableÂ hereÂ andÂ here.
Learn more about MMA and the MFG Excellence Awards atÂ mimfg.org.
HSC is the nationâs largest producer of hyper-pure polysilicon and the only one headquartered in the United States. Itâs one of the Great Lakes Bay Regionâs largest employers with 1,400 employees and contract workers engaged in its 24/7 manufacturing operation west of Saginaw.