New Nanotech Hub Means 1,000 Tech Jobs In Upstate N.Y.

A new nanotechnology hub in upstate New York will create 1,000 high-tech jobs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in announcing the new center at the SUNY Institute of Technology near Utica.

ChipsSix companies — Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Inc., SEMATECH, Atotech, IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron – will invest $1.5 billion in research and development for computer chip packaging, lithography development and commercialization. The announcement didn’t provide any details on the jobs to be created or the time frame for that hiring.

“The new Nano Utica facility will serve as a cleanroom and research hub for Nano Utica, whose members can tap into the training here at SUNYIT and local workforce, putting the Mohawk Valley on the map as an international location for nanotechnology research and development,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The nanotech hub is meant to replicate the success of the Albany-based SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, 90 miles away.

The Albany college will lead the development of an adjacent computer chip-manufacturing site in Marcy with the potential for three fabrication facilities, the state announced last month. The new announcement is expected to add momentum to that project, Cuomo said.

The $125 million facility, due to open in late 2014, will include a 56,000-square-foot cleanroom as well as laboratories, hands-on education and workforce training facilities.