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Stuart G

(38,480 posts)
Tue May 1, 2012, 10:17 AM May 2012

Made in America: Global Companies Expand in U.S. Towns. [View all]


ABC News


April 30, 2012

When Global Foundries was seeking a home for its new $7 billion factory, it skipped over Germany and Singapore, where it already has facilities, and settled on the small town of Malta in upstate New York.

"We got a call from folks in New York who had been investing in infrastructure and workforce and everything," said Travis Bullard, a spokesman for the company, which is 100 percent owned by ATIC of Abu Dhabi. "We came up and looked at a few sites around New York and ultimately decided to build here."

Now the semiconductor-making site employs about 1,300 people, with plans to reach 1,600 by the end of the year

"These machines, our technicians, are doing extremely advanced manufacturing work," he said about the process of making silicon wafers. "They're manipulating individual atoms with the use of light and chemistry."

Global Foundries also has partnered with 17 community colleges and a high school to provide those looking for work or a new career path with the proper skills.

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