EDGE pushes for chip plant at Calif. parley

MARCY — With hopes of one day landing a computer chip company to build in Oneida County, Mohawk Valley EDGE representatives are at this week’s Semicon West international trade show in San Francisco.

EDGE is again exhibiting with the NY Loves Nanotech team, made up of more than 25 companies and economic development organizations, at the exposition and conference dedicated to semiconductor equipment, materials, suppliers and services. The show, which runs through Thursday, involves more than 1,000 suppliers and vendor exhibits represented by more than 40 countries represented. It attracts more than 20,000 people.

"While the global economy continues to struggle, early indicators in the semiconductor industry point to significant investments in the 2010-2011 timeframe," said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. "EDGE’s goal is to ensure decision-makers in the industry are well versed on the assets of Marcy NanoCenter and Upstate New York in advance of those decisions."

EDGE is spearheading the effort to attract a nanotechnology firm to a site on the SUNY Institute of Technology campus. Since the late 1990s, it has taken a number of steps to make the site shovel ready in hopes of attracting a company.

DiMeo’s group has touted the Marcy site at events in Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Texas and Japan in the last seven months. Later this year, EDGE will be exhibiting at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Semicon Europa, both in Germany.