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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Building $4.2-Billion Microchip Plant in Malta, NY Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTC) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES held their official groundbreaking last month in Malta, NY for the construction of a $4.2-billion microchip fabrication plant, called Fab 2, marking the beginning of construction of what is planned as the most advanced chip fabrication plant in the world. The project, located in Saratoga County, NY, is expected to create 1,400 high-tech jobs in the region. LFTC is actively seeking additional tenants for the remaining nine development areas. In addition to almost a decade of planning, by economic development entities and state and local government leaders, public-private partnerships have contributed to the success of LFTC. The state of New York has contributed up to $1.2 billion in incentives toward the GLOBALFOUNDRIES project. “The groundbreaking is proof that GLOBALFOUNDRIES is officially a part of Luther Forest Technology Campus and will bring positive benefits to Saratoga County,” said Michael Relyea, president of Luther Forest Technology Campus. “As one of the largest economic development projects in the country, it is monumental in moving the region toward a brighter economic future. This investment in the global economy shows Luther Forest Technology Campus as a model for the nation.” The GLOBALFOUNDRIES project is slated to employee around 1,600 construction workers over the next two to three years plus an additional 2,700 workers for local construction-related jobs. In addition, the fab will create more than 1,400 high-tech jobs with an estimated annual payroll of $88 million once production begins, as well as around 5,000 indirect jobs in the region. The total estimated annual payroll for all jobs is $290 million. “Luther Forest Technology Campus offers an outstanding business environment while Saratoga County and the Capital Region offer an outstanding high quality of living including stellar public education, at the base of the Adirondacks,” said Dennis Brobston, president of Saratoga Economic Development Corporation. The build out of the campus is expected to lead to future growth for Tech Valley, as additional companies move to the area. LFTC is shovel-ready, featuring flexible lot sizes of up to one million square feet for the remaining development areas. The campus has access of up to 15 million gallons per day of fresh water, redundant power with 99-percent reliability, sewer lines and telecommunications. Because the soil composition absorbs vibration, the land is ideal for high-tech construction. Centrally located between New York City, Boston and Montreal, LFTC is close to an international airport, a rail system and a major port. The newly constructed […]
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Rob McClintock is Director of Research of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and state liaison for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a $50-million collaboration between the Commonwealth, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. BF: How quickly will the CCAM be up and running, and where will it be located? RM: CCAM will be located on a 10-acre site near the southern entrance to the 1,000-acre Rolls-Royce Crosspointe manufacturing campus in the Richmond-Petersburg metro area. The facility, to be owned by the University of Virginia Foundation, will be a not-for-profit organization. We anticipate construction beginning in the 4th quarter of 2010, with occupancy early in 2012. BF: CCAM is geared to support Rolls Royce through a new Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems. Will this academic/industrial collaboration be applied to other sectors? RM: We absolutely view CCAM as a vehicle to help drive broad-based collaboration between industry and academia for the discovery of new manufacturing technologies. CCAM will have an initial research emphasis on surface engineering and manufacturing systems. We anticipate CCAM will add to the growing body of knowledge into advanced manufacturing capability across a wide range of industry sectors. The key is to create an environment of non-competitive collaboration, whereby all members can share in discovery and testing of new manufacturing processes. We have had several other aerospace companies, defense-related manufacturers, manufacturing systems firms, and energy-related companies embrace the concept. The founding members also will reach out to other governmental research institutions and universities to broaden the membership of the Center. BF: Is the CCAM empowered to commercialize new technologies? RM: Members of CCAM can have the best of both worlds. The CCAM Board will set the core research program undertaken annually by the Center, but members can participate in shared research which can produce intellectual property. Members would receive royalty free, non-exclusive licenses to that shared research as long as they remain members. Additionally, Center members could undertake very company-specific research projects, in which case the member could receive royalty free, exclusive licenses to that research. BF: Has Virginia made a long-term commitment to the CCAM? RM: We believe the future belongs to those who can find ways to bring innovation from the research labs to the production line. We took a similar view with our SRI collaboration with James Madison University to accelerate new drug and vaccine discoveries. We are very hopeful that CCAM provides a useful template that brings the expertise of Virginia’s world-class universities directly to bear on the needs of industry. If […]
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MASCOMA OPENING HEADQUARTERS Mascoma Corporation is moving the company’s corporate headquarters from Boston into a new research laboratory and office building in Lebanon, NH. Construction of the new building will be completed in August, with occupancy by September. The producer of low carbon, advanced biofuels was founded in 2006 in nearby Hanover, NH by two Dartmouth College professors, Drs. Lee Lynd and Charles Wyman. The company has operated a research and development lab in Lebanon since that time. Today, the majority of Mascoma’s employees are based in Lebanon. The headquarters move will allow R&D, engineering and commercial development staff to work together under one roof—providing smooth technology transfer from the lab to operating facilities. It will eliminate travel between offices and decrease the company’s carbon footprint. Corporate administrative and operating costs also will be reduced. “The move will provide three things: it will make our production process scale-up easier, provide operating efficiencies, and lower costs”, said Bruce Jamerson, Mascoma chairman and CEO. Mascoma owns and operates a large-scale demonstration facility in Rome, NY that produces cellulosic ethanol from non-food biomass feedstocks such as wood chips. Mascoma’s affiliate Frontier Renewable Resources is actively developing a commercial scale production facility in Kinross, MI, expected to begin construction in 2010. The corporate office move will involve a reduction of 12-15 positions due to elimination of redundant functions and inability of some staff to relocate. However, some new positions will be created in Lebanon, and Rome staffing will be unaffected. Mascoma recently announced that the company has made major research advances in consolidated bioprocessing (CBP), a low-cost processing strategy for production of biofuels from cellulosic biomass. CBP avoids the need for the costly production of cellulose enzymes by using engineered microorganisms that produce celluloses and ethanol at high yield in a single step. “This is a true breakthrough that takes us much, much closer to billions of gallons of low-cost cellulosic biofuels,” said Michigan State University’s Dr. Bruce Dale, editor of the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefineries. In a recent Forbes article, biofuels expert Helena Chum of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, commented on CBP. “This is the golden dream. All of the processes in one super-organism. That would be the lowest cost possible,” she said. CBP is widely considered to be the ultimate low-cost configuration for cellulose hydrolysis and fermentation. Multiple research advances presented by Mascoma at the 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals in San Francisco provided proof of concept for CBP. These include advances with both […]