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  • Cuomo: 1,000 jobs in Mohawk Valley from $1.5B tech investment

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  • The number of jobs expected at SUNYIT’s Computer Chip Commercialization Center is now up to 1,500, officials announced Thursday.
    Previously, officials had said more than 900 jobs were slated for Quad-C as part of a partnership with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.
    Six leading global technology companies will invest $1.3 billion to create Nano Utica, the state’s second major hub of nanotechnology research and development, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
    An additional $200 million will come from the state to pay for facilities and equipment.
    “With today’s announcement, New York is replicating the tremendous success of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering right here in Utica and paving the way for more than a billion dollars in private investment and the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs,” Cuomo said.
    A news conference took place Thursday afternoon at SUNYIT about the project. It was attended by Cuomo, Hector Ruiz, chief executive officer of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions; Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi; state Sen. Joseph Griffo and Alain Kaloyeros, senior vice president and chief executive officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
    “The Nano Utica project will give the Mohawk Valley a much needed economic boost with the creation of over 1,000 jobs and $1.5 billion in investment from six leading global technology companies. The project at large, with the collaboration of SUNYIT, will help make the Mohawk Valley a new hub in today’s high tech world,” Brindisi said in a statement.
    Among the news:
    • Six companies will join to form Nano Utica. They are Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, SEMETECH, Atotech, IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron.
    The six companies will conduct research and development on computer chip packaging, lithography development and commercialization at SUNY Institute of Technology.
    The computer chip packaging consortium will work inside a state-of-the-art facility under construction on the SUNYIT campus. The 253,000-square-foot facility is due to open late next year.
    • Ruiz and his company will bring 1,000 of the 1,500 jobs to the center.
    Ruiz previously was head of Advanced Micro Devices in 2006 when the company opted to build a computer chip fabrication plant in Malta, in the Albany area, instead of Marcy.
    “My Advanced Nano colleagues and I are working to create breakthrough technology, and we couldn’t find a better place to bring this investment and these jobs than New York,” Ruiz said. “We looked across this country, and around the world, and this is where we found the talent, the mindset, and the leadership to help us revolutionize nanoscale technology, through semiconductors and everything they power.”
    The state is investing $125 million in a Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT, and it was recently announced that SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering would take on the Marcy site and facilitate the construction of a possible three chip fabrication plants there. Private companies will be major participants in both projects, but so far, none have been announced.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The new Nano Utica facility will serve as a cleanroom and research hub for Nano Utica whose members can tap into the training here at SUNYIT and local workforce, putting the Mohawk Valley on the map as an international location for nanotechnology research and development,” said Cuomo.
    The Cuomo administration did not immediately provide details on the 1,000 high-tech jobs.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report
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