MARCY, N.Y. - A community informational session and public hearing was held Monday night to discuss Cree's $1 Billion project in Marcy.
Officials from Cree and Exyte, the general contractor for the project, presented information about the project, discussing what Cree will be bringing to the area and how it will effect the Mohawk Valley. The audience got a chance to ask questions. Topics ranged from traffic, jobs, and safety, among others.
Rex Felton, Cree's vice president of operations explained what the facility that will be located at the Marcy Nanocenter will be used for.
"It's going to produce world-class results on cutting edge technology, one that we call a silicon carbide corridor that is going to produce silicon carbide chips, mainly for the automotive industries, but something that we believe is going to be a game changing technology going forward," Felton said. "It is a very exciting industry, we're really at the early stages of the growth of silicon carbide and this factory is a great step to enabling that growth."
Residents like Dorothy Sperbeck-Cornnell say this is an exciting investment for the area. She has lived in Marcy for over 50 years and Cree will be going up right in her back yard. She says the meeting helped her understand more about the project.
"It was absolutely wonderful, very informative, very inspiring and I'm so thrilled that they're going to be coming here finally, I was afraid that this wouldn't come to forwishen in my lifetime but I'm having hopes that maybe it will," Sperbeck-Cornnell said.
The facility is expected to create 614 jobs over an eight year period, including technicians, engineers, administrative jobs, and facilities organization.
After the informational session with Cree officials, the Marcy town planning board held a public hearing on the site plan for the facility, which will include three primary buildings, a fabrication facility, an office, and a utility building.
The board will vote on the preliminary plan on February 24th.
Site work has already started and construction is expected to start next month. The facility is scheduled to be complete by 2021.