SELMA, Alabama — Ferroglobe PLC, a leading producer of silicon metal, silicon-based alloys and manganese-based specialty alloys, announced today that its subsidiary, Globe Metallurgical Inc. (GMI), is considering plans to restart its silicon metal facility in Selma.
GMI said it is working with Alabama and local representatives on the plans. The company is seeking New Market Tax Credits for the project, which would help offset commissioning costs and enable it to acquire and upgrade equipment to begin production of silicon metal.
Combined, the two-furnace operation in Selma has a total annual capacity of 22,000 tons of silicon metal, which is used in many applications including to produce the silicon wafers for photovoltaic solar cells and electronic semiconductors. It’s also used to strengthen aluminum and as a raw material in a growing number of industrial and consumer products.
GMI’s plans call for restarting one furnace at the Dallas County facility in December 2021, with hopes of restarting the second furnace by March 2022.