Semiconductor support manufacturer bringing 600 jobs to Genesee County

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said the CHIPS and Science Act helped lure Edwards Vacuum's new $319 million facility to Genesee County
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said the CHIPS and Science Act helped lure Edwards Vacuum’s new $319 million facility to Genesee County (provided photo).

A British-based manufacturer specializing in vacuum and abatement equipment for the semiconductor industry will build a $319 million facility in Genesee County, bringing 600 jobs to the area.

Edwards Vacuum, a subsidiary of the Atlas Copco Group of Sweden, will use the facility to produce dry pump technology, a critical component to controlling the highly sensitive environment within the semiconductor manufacturing process.

Plans include construction of a 240,000-square-foot campus on the Western New York Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in the town of Alabama. The plant is expected to open in late 2024, the company said.

“This major investment from Edwards Vacuum builds on our momentum to secure New York as a leader in semiconductor manufacturing,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a news release.  “On the heels of Micron’s $100 billion commitment to Central New York, as well as New York’s Green CHIPS legislation and the federal CHIPS and Science Act, we are better positioned than ever to make New York a global hub for advanced manufacturing and attract the jobs of the future.”

Edwards Vacuum said it will provide internal training and education, and that it is committed to recruiting entry-level employees from disadvantaged communities and partnering with existing community-based recruitment and training programs to provide both soft skills and technical skills for individuals.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) courted Edwards Vacuum, urging company president Geert Follens to select the STAMP site for the new facility.

“The CHIPS And Science Act delivers for Upstate New York again,” Schumer said. adding that Edwards will be “supercharging our semiconductor supply chain at Western New York’s STAMP site.

“We are now seeing energy flow into Upstate’s manufacturing sector like never before, and this investment will further cement that the future of microchips will be built with American made products, crafted by New York workers.”

The agreement with Edwards Vacuum through Empire State Development includes $21 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits, Investment Tax Credits and $1 million to support workforce development and the training of a diverse and inclusive workforce in exchange for the 600 full-time jobs.

Edwards Vacuum is expected to receive property, sales and mortgage tax incentives from the Genesee County Economic Development Center to support the largest workforce and capital investment proposed by any company at a GCEDC-developed site.

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