ams AG, a global manufacturer of high performance sensor solutions and analog ICs, plans to initially invest more than $2 billion to support a 360,000-square-foot wafer fab facility at the Nano Utica site in Marcy, New York. The investment is expected to generate more than 1,000 new jobs.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's $1.5 billion Nano Utica initiative is a consortium spearheaded by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) and SUNYIT. In addition to ams, the consortium includes technology companies such as Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Incorporated (ANS), SEMATECH, Atotech, and SEMATECH and CNSE partners, including IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron. The initiative now exceeds more than 4,000 projected jobs over the next ten years.
In partnership with New York State, SUNY Poly CNSE, Fort Schuyler Management (FSMC) and Mohawk Valley Edge, the ams investment will consist of constructing, staffing and operating a state-of-the-art 200/300 mm wafer fabrication facility to support the company's high performance analog semiconductor operations. Construction is expected to start in spring 2016 at the 450-acre Marcy Nanocenter site. “Capital purchases, operating expenses and other investments in the facility over the first 20 years are estimated at more than $2 billion,” said ams.
ams expects the facility to create more than 700 full-time jobs with 500 additional support jobs from contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and partners to enable advanced manufacturing operations. “Building a new wafer fab will help us achieve our growth plans and meet the increasing demand for our advanced manufacturing nodes. Our decision to locate the facility in New York was motivated by the highly-skilled workforce, the proximity to esteemed education and research institutions, and the favorable business environment provided by Governor Cuomo and all the public and private partners we are working with on this important project,” said ams CEO Dr. Thomas Stockmeier, in a statement.
ams also will collaborate with FSMC and SUNY Poly on a joint development program to support complimentary research, commercialization and workforce training opportunities at SUNY Poly facilities throughout New York State.
Also as part of the Nano Utica initiative GE Global Research announced it will expand its New York global operations to the Mohawk Valley. It will serve as the anchor tenant of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD C) on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Utica. Cuomo announced nearly 500 jobs are expected to be created in the Mohawk Valley over the next five years from SUNY Poly, GE and affiliated corporations and another 350 in the subsequent five years.
“This is a transformative moment that will make a difference in peoples’ lives in the Mohawk Valley for generations to come,” said Governor Cuomo, in a statement. “Over the past few years, we have worked to reverse the negative and invest in Upstate NY – and today we’re taking another huge step forward. With GE and ams joining the Nano Utica initiative, we’re seeing the region’s economy gathering momentum unlike ever before. The Mohawk Valley is beginning an economic revolution around nanotechnology, and I am excited to see the region take off and thrive, both today and in the years ahead.”