by Jenna Kavanaugh, Marketing Director
Over the last several years, New York State has made significant investments in the semiconductor industry, propelling itself as the preeminent location for industry specific research, commercialization and collaboration attracting more than $20 billion in investments.
The Albany region, led by the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) has made a name in the industry with the NY Loves Nanotechnology brand and New York’s first Nanotech Manufacturing Mega-Site at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County. This site is home to GlobalFoundries’ fab operation.
This year at the leading convention for the micro-electronics supply chain, SEMICON West July 9-13, 2013, upstate economic development partners Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE), CEG, Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC), Mohawk Valley Edge, NYSESDC and National Grid are collaborating to represent NY Loves Nanotechnology and showcase our Tech Corridor. In addition to Luther Forest, the team will highlight the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT near Utica, NY and Western NY Science Technology, Advance Manufacturing Park (WNY STAMP) near Batavia, NY. Representatives from NY’s AAU member universities with collaborations and focuses in this industry will be present.
To better prepare for the event BNE, GRE, and GCEDC visited RIT this week to learn more about the chip fab process. Dr. Michael Jackson gave us a brief history and overview of microeletronic engineering, walked us through the process and provided a hands-on tour of their MircoE cleanroom. Not only did we get better insight into the supply chain and workforce, we learned just how small is “small” and discussed other products that can be made with microelectronic processing.
At BNE, we are particularly excited about representing WNY STAMP at Semicon West and marketing this site with our partners at GCEDC and GRE in the future. This 1250+ acre site in the Western New York / Finger Lakes region is developed as the next generation sites to support large scale semicon and nanotechnology based R&D and manufacturing employment. Semicon firms looking to site the next generation of 450mm Chip Fab projects, with industry projections pointing to significant growth and billions of dollars in investment in the coming years, prefer large green-field “mega-sites” in excess of 1,000 acres like the STAMP site. These mega-sites need to offer access to large capacity, low cost utility and transportation infrastructure and proximity and access to university centers for R&D collaboration as well as a sizable workforce to support employment and production needs as well as a state/region with a supportive investment climate. This site has it all.
Private and public sector investments have spurred tremendous growth in the eastern portions of the state where spectacular employment growth in Nanotechnology has created 12,000 new jobs statewide. We believe there is more to come – this is the future of advanced manufacturing.