Wake up early enough, and you might find out something new about Ardmore.
That is the emphasis of the Chamber of Commerce's new program, Business Before Hours. Tuesday morning, over 20 members of the chamber visited Southwest Silicon Technology Corporation located at 18 Interstate Court.
Company officials provided a continental breakfast and conducted tours of their facility. To enhance knowledge of the business, a video was also shown allowing visitors to understand the process of reworking silicon wafers.
"The idea is to showcase some of these industries in Ardmore that we don't know too much about," Bob Humphrey, Chamber Ambassador, said. "There will be four this year."
Harald Mynster, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said Southwest Silicon reworks 75,000 wafers a month. The business spans over 40,000 square feet and has over 50 employees. Southwest Silicon is currently filling out a new part of the plant that is expected to be fully functioning within a year to a year and a half. The business was founded in 1999 with a staff that represents over 60 years of experience in the semiconductor industry.
"I think we had a successful turnout," Humphrey said. "I was pleased with it being the first one. I think when people talk about it, it will increase our attendance."
The next Business Before Hours is slated for April 23 at the Dollar General Distribution Center.