Nano Utica Public-Private Partnership to Create 1000 Jobs in New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York’s second major nanotechnology R&D hub called Nano Utica at the Marcy campus of the SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) just north of Utica.

Nano Utica announcement

Nano Utica announcement (photo – NY Governor’s Office)

The public-private partnership, fueled by a $1.5 billion investment by six leading technology companies, will create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs at the SUNYIT campus.

For its part, New York State is investing more than $200 million over the next ten years for purchasing equipment that will be used by Nano Utica.

Governor Cuomo said this partnership demonstrates how the new New York is making targeted investments for transitioning the state’s economy into the 21st century and taking advantage of the strengths of a highly trained workforce and world class universities.

Nano Utica will be led by SUNYIT and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE).

The private sector members of the consortium include IBM, SEMATECH, Tokyo Electron, Lam Research, Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Incorporated (ANSI) and Atotech.

The Nano Utica headquarters will be based at the CNSE-SUNYIT Computer Chip Commercialization Center. The $125 million complex is currently under construction, and will be ready for an opening in late 2014.

With global technology companies about to take up space in this complex, it is being upgraded to include state-of-the-art labs, workforce training facilities and offices covering 253,000 square feet of space. This includes a first-of-its-kind 56,000-square-foot cleanroom over two levels.

The consortium will build on the R&D work being done by ANSI, SEMATECH and other CNSE partners at the Albany campus of SUNY CNSE. The work done at Nano Utica will include R&D on computer chip packaging, and lithography development and commercialization.

Nano Utica has been strategically located to provide economic development momentum to the adjacent Marcy Nanocenter manufacturing site, which is being developed by the Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation (EDGE) in cooperation with CNSE. This manufacturing site can support three 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said this new investment in Utica will assist the CNSE-SUNYIT Computer Chip Commercialization Center in bringing top companies to the Mohawk Valley while bringing life-changing products to market.

ANSI Chairman Hector Ruiz said he and his Advanced Nano colleagues are working on creating breakthrough technology, and couldn’t find any better place for this investment and these jobs than New York. He said they looked across the country and the world, but New York was where they found the talent, leadership and mindset to help them in revolutionizing nanoscale technology.

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