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'Nano Utica' may benefit local area

Saturday, November 02, 2013 - Updated: 9:13 AM



MOREHOUSE - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 'Nano Utica' plan is expected to be good news for the Town of Morehouse and Hamilton County as well as the immediate Utica area.

Nano Utica is a $1.5 billion investment intended to make the Mohawk Valley the state's next major hub of nanotech research. It is being built at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Oneida County, just north of Utica in the Town of Marcy.

The public-private partnership is being spearheaded by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNYIT. The collaboration will play a critical role in advancing next-generation semiconductor technologies, and will create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs.__

"I believe it will definitely affect Morehouse in a very positive way," Morehouse Supervisor Bill Farber says. "This is a very viable commute for anyone wishing to live in Morehouse and be employed in the nano sector."

Depending on where one lives in Morehouse it is a 30- to 40-minute drive to SUNYIT.

"It should offer some significant opportunities to many of the areas that are less than an hour drive from the NanoCenter," Farber added.

He noted the news makes Hamilton County's broadband project even more timely. "Sometimes you can't underestimate the value of being lucky now and then," he laughed.


A consortium of six leading global technology companies led by Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Inc. (ANSI) is investing $1.5 billion to build the Computer Chip Commercialization Center scheduled to be completed in late 2014.

The other five companies are SEMATECH, Atotech and SEMATECH and CNSE partner companies IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron.

ANSI Chairman Hector Ruiz said, "My Advanced Nano colleagues and I are working to create breakthrough technology, and we couldn't find a better place to bring this investment and these jobs than New York.

"We looked across this country, and around the world, and this is where we found the talent, the mindset, and the leadership to help us revolutionize nanoscale technology, through semiconductors and everything they power."


Nano Utica will be the state's second major hub of nanotechnology research and development. The first is Tech Valley in the Albany area.

Nano Utica is already creating spin-off. CNSE has announced it will expand its G450 PILOT facility by building a 450 MM enabled semiconductor campus at SUNYIT, to help transition research and development into advanced manufacturing opportunities.

New York state will invest $200 million over 10 years for the purchase of new equipment for the Nano Utica facility.


Research and development to be conducted includes computer chip packaging -- how conductors that connect circuits, provide power and discharge heat are arranged on a chip -- and lithography development and commercialization.

According to Cuomo, these system-on-a-chip innovations will drive a host of new technologies and products in the consumer and business marketplace.__

The high-tech jobs and new private sector investment will attract other top companies to the Mohawk Valley, as they did to the 10 counties of Tech Valley.


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