The Mississippi Silicon plant in Burnsville
A partnership between Northeast Mississippi Community College, Mississippi Silicon, Rural Development Partners, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Tennessee Valley Authority has committed $237,033 for a new job training program at NEMCC’s Iuka campus.
The campus is located in the Tri-State Commerce Park.
Mississippi Silicon has a $200 million plant in Burnsville, which produces about 10 percent of the nation’s silicon, according to the company. Silicon metal is used as a primary material in the solar, electronics and chemical industries, and as an alloying element in the production of aluminum.
The grant money will be used to provide specialized job training and for gas cards for unemployed and underemployed people who attend the training, which is free to qualified learners, according to a press release.
Mississippi Silicon will offer internships and apprenticeships to participants who successfully complete the program.
Mississippi Silicon is a strategic partnership between Rima Holdings USA, Inc., and domestic investor group Clean Tech I LLC.
Rima Holdings USA Inc. is owned by the Vicintin family, who also owns Rima Industrial S/A in Brazil, which currently employs more than 4,000 associates working in die casting, magnesium, silicon metal, and ferroalloys.