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Site-prep work underway for Austrian firm’s facility at Nano Utica site

By Eric Reinhardt


Mohawk Valley EDGE is handling site-preparation work in advance of construction of the wafer-fabrication facility that Austrian–based company ams AG will operate at the Nano Utica site in Marcy. (Photo credit: SUNY Polytechnic Institute)

MARCY, N.Y. — Preliminary site work has started for the upcoming wafer-fabrication facility at the Nano Utica site in Marcy.

Austrian–based company ams AG will bring 1,000 new jobs and invest more than $2 billion in a wafer-fabrication facility that’s planned for the site.

The firm makes “high performance” sensor products and analog integrated circuits (ICs).

Mohawk Valley EDGE is handling the site-preparation work, Jerry Gretzinger, spokesman for SUNY Polytechnic Institute, said in an email response to a CNYBJ inquiry.

Construction on the wafer-fabrication facility has yet to start but crews are expected to finish their work in early 2018, according to Gretzinger.

In partnership with New York, SUNY Poly CNSE, Fort Schuyler Management Corporation (FSMC) and Mohawk Valley EDGE, ams will build, staff and operate a 200/300 mm wafer-fabrication facility in support of the company’s “high performance,” analog-semiconductor operations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said in an August 2015 news release announcing the jobs and the project.

Officials are reviewing and evaluating proposals from five firms to handle the design and construction work on the project, Gretzinger said in the email.

FSMC had issued requests for design and construction proposals on behalf of SUNY Poly, he added.

Besides the ams facility, Cuomo last August also announced that General Electric (GE) Global Research will expand its New York operations to the Mohawk Valley.

GE Global Research will be the anchor tenant of the computer-chip commercialization center (Quad-C) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Marcy.

The firm ams will also conduct research and development operations at Quad-C in partnership with SUNY Poly, according to Gretzinger.

New York expects SUNY Poly, GE, and affiliated corporations to create nearly 500 jobs in the Mohawk Valley in the next five years and another 350 positions in the subsequent five years as well.

Altogether, the two companies will bring more than 1,800 jobs to the Nano Utica initiative in Marcy in the next decade, Cuomo said.

The governor made both jobs announcements during a visit to the Quad-C building as part of the “Capital for a Day” initiative in Utica on Aug. 20, 2015.

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