MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Officials with the Mohawk Valley EDGE have travelled the globe time and time again in attempts to lure a chip-fab manufacturing plant to the Marcy Nano site at SUNYIT. In the end, the end user came...from Albany.
The problem for years has been that an end user would not commit to the site without a wetlands permit in place, and the Army Corps of Engineers wouldn't grant the permit without an end user committed.
But now, the EDGE has announced that CNSE, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, will act as the committed end user; a developer, really, to build a 450 mm manufacturing facility on SUNYIT property in Marcy.
"CNSE itself actually the actual manufacturing entity? Probably not," says MV EDGE President Steve DiMeo. "They are basically the entity that will control the real estate and actual formalize the partnerships that'll take place right within the facility."
DiMeo is confident the new wetlands permit application will be granted and that other approvals through the town of Marcy will be in place by the end of the year. The actual time frame for a building to cut into the rural Marcy skyline is much farther away.
"The expectation is that full scale 450 technology in a manufacturing environment probably will take place in a 2018 time frame...looking backwards, you'd have to be looking at actually building a semi-conductor plant in a 2015 time frame," says DiMeo.
"That's why people get skeptical about whether or not it's real. I can tell you it's definitely real," says Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
The Marcy site will be able to accommodate three semi-conductor facilities, each of which could employ 1100-1500 people each.
DiMeo says the significance of this development can't be overstated.
"It's pretty significant that you have one of the two leading research centers in the globe make a decision that they're going to plant a stake in SUNYIT. I think that's pretty significant."