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AIM Photonics to begin construction on facility this summer

AIM Photonics is slated to begin construction this summer on the testing, assembly and packaging facility here, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The project is in the final planning stages and will start tool installation in the fall at the institute’s testing assembly and package facility, officials said. Empire State Development Corp. has approved an $81 million grant to equip and operate the facility.

“By attracting new investment in this burgeoning industry and convening leading photonics leaders from across the country, this federally designated AIM Photonics facility will accelerate the growth of Rochester and across the region,” Cuomo said. “As we continue to invest in the future of the Finger Lakes and move the economy and business community forward – this investment is critical to the completion of AIM Photonics’ cutting-edge TAP facility that will create new jobs and new opportunities for the community.”

The testing, assembly and packaging facility—referred to as TAP—was announced last December. It will be in a portion of a former Eastman Kodak Co. building that is owned by ON Semiconductor.

New York has committed $250 million to support AIM Photonics to date, leveraging the $110 million Department of Defense award and $250 million in private support for a total investment of more than $600 million, officials said.

“AIM Photonics has already positioned Rochester as a national leader in the emerging nanotech sector, and with the addition of this critical $81 million investment, the Finger Lakes region will continue to move forward,” said John Maggiore, Photonics board chairman.  “The completion of this next generation TAP facility will attract industry leaders from across the globe, provide men and women the high-tech, well-paying jobs they deserve, and ensure a strong, sustainable future for communities across the region.”

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