Work is progressing on several fronts in support of the construction of a computer chip wafer fabrication complex at the Marcy Nanocenter. The coordinated efforts are all aimed at enabling ams AG to produce its first wafers in spring 2018. The production facility is slated to be ready for equipment next fall. Austria-based ams makes chips used in sensors for mobile devices and other products.
Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo updated the EDGE board members on the status of the project Tuesday. He highlighted ongoing utility and other infrastructure construction, the issuance of a state air facility permit, site plan and building design being prepared by the M+W Group, and other steps being taken to make sure all the necessary pieces are in place to support full-blown construction activity and eventual production.
Construction is expected to start this fall on water and sewer lines, natural gas line, power transmission line and substation upgrades — all to serve the the chip plant.
The economic development executive also noted that Empire State Development Corp. gave the final go-ahead on July 21 to spending nearly $600 million of the state’s money on the project on the western edge of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Approved were: $539.9 million for construction, tooling and fit out of the ams complex and $49.1 million for infrastructure improvements at the site. The money was included in the 2016-17 state budget.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in April. The state will own the facility and lease it to ams AG. The company’s investment will in the neighborhood of $3 billion over 20 years.
The plant and related operations are expected to create more than 1,200 direct and indirect jobs after full build-out. Construction jobs at the peak will be in the range of 900.
It was announced in August 2015 that Austria-based ams AG had picked the Marcy site for a new facility.