An economic development win of recent years is turning into a giant sore spot. Monday Hemlock Semiconductor announced it will lay off most of its workforce in March due to weak demand for polysilicon, which is used in the production of solar panels.
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Some were surprised to learn in January that fewer than half of graduates from an Austin Peay program were being hired by the solar company whose name is on the building. But the university now says it never expected all or even most students to work for Hemlock Semiconductor, which is building a billion dollar plant nearby.