- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan-based silicon products company plans to cut 100 jobs amid what it says is a business environment characterized by international trade disputes, new competition and changes in the energy industry.

Hemlock Semiconductor announced the planned cuts on Wednesday and said employees would be notified in the coming weeks. The company says it’s focused on sustaining its place as a leader in providing polysilicon to the electronics and solar industries.

Saginaw County-based Hemlock Semiconductor began its operations in 1961. It’s currently made up of joint ventures involving several companies.

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