Officials set to ramp up marketing of Marcy Nanocenter

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MARCY — The marketing of the Marcy Nanocenter to the semiconductor industry continues this year with plans to participate in several trade shows and industry conferences in both the United States and Europe.

It has been about 15 months since the first Marcy Nanocenter tenant pulled out, and efforts to line up another computer chip plant have been ongoing.

First up this year for site developer Mohawk Valley EDGE was last month’s SEMI-Industry Strategy Symposium in Half Moon, Calif. It’s the year’s first executive check-in, bringing together leading analysts, researchers, economists and technologists for insights on the forces impacting the semiconductor industry, along with their implications for strategic business decisions like picking a new factory site.

The industry is in the midst of a major growth cycle.

The EDGE team uses such venues as opportunities to meet with executive-level speakers and attendees regarding the 450-acre greenfield site developed for semiconductor manufacturing facilities on the western edge of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus. The shovel-ready site has been laid out and basic infrastructure installed to accommodate three plants, with the objective of creating hundreds of high-paying jobs as well as spinoff employment at area businesses.

The January ISS event highlighted record-highs in equipment and semiconductor chip production spending, both positive indicators for the industry.

There are opportunities within many business segments, including autonomous vehicles, Automated Intelligence and the Internet of Things, which is the concept of connecting any device with an on-and-off switch to the internet as well as to each other.

Marcy Nanocenter is further positioning to attract companies manufacturing product for these markets, according to EDGE.

“In 2018, SEMI’s focus is on building a workforce for the semiconductor industry and enhancing the programs available,” said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. “EDGE is particularly interested in utilizing our relationship with SEMI and other industry and regional partners to grow our labor force to benefit both the prospective semiconductor industry and existing regional businesses.”

EDGE, using grant funding from National Grid, says it has put together a robust marketing calendar for this year.

The next major event is Semicon West, July 10 to 12 in San Francisco. The exposition connects the extended supply chain, all in one place and at one time. It’s where the microelectronics industry gets a glimpse at what’s next.

In mid-November, EDGE will be traveling to Semicon Europa in Munich, Germany. The event covers new products and technologies for electronics design and manufacturing, and features technologies from across the electronics supply chain, from electronic design automation to device fabrication (wafer processing) to final manufacturing (assembly, packaging and test).

Over the past several years EDGE has partnered with the Center for Economic Growth in Albany and Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership to provide semiconductor industry professionals a comprehensive understanding of what New York state has to offer to the semiconductor industry.

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