NY: Preliminary Deal Reached with Micron for Major Chip Factory in New York, With 13,500 Jobs | Trade and Industry Development

NY: Preliminary Deal Reached with Micron for Major Chip Factory in New York, With 13,500 Jobs

Apr 30, 2024

Last week, President Joe Biden traveled to Syracuse, New York, to announce a preliminary agreement with memory chip maker Micron Technology to receive up to $6.14 billion in subsidies for two chip factories. The agreement signed by the U.S. Commerce Department will fund facilities in New York and Idaho under the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act, which aims to boost domestic manufacturing of chips and reduce reliance on supplies from China and Taiwan.

The Commerce Department said the federal grants would support the construction of a fabrication plant in Clay, New York, a first step toward Micron's plans to invest about $100 billion in New York and create 13,500 jobs, reports Reuters.

The grants also provide initial funding for a facility in Boise, Idaho, unlocking a planned $25 billion investment in a fab to be co-located with Micron's research and development facilities there and should create 6,500 jobs, Commerce said.

The United States used to have 40 percent of the chips market, Biden said, but over time production moved outside the country, then the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain that affected critical industries.

"I'm determined that I'm never going to let us be vulnerable to wait lines again, what is essential is we're going to make it here in America together," Biden said.

Micron's investment will be the "largest private investment in New York and Idaho's history," and will create over 70,000 jobs, including 20,000 direct construction and manufacturing jobs and tens of thousands of indirect jobs," the White House said.

Biden signed the $52.7 billion CHIPS bill in August 2022 to subsidize U.S. semiconductor production and research. Semiconductors were invented in the United States, but domestic companies produce only about 10% of the world's chips and none of the most advanced ones.

The White House said Thursday's announcement also included at least $40 million in funds for training and workforce development, as well as creation of four more workforce hubs in upstate New York, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Michigan.

Under the agreement, Micron committed to providing affordable high-quality childcare for its workers across its facilities. The company also affirmed "workers' rights to organize, to share feedback without fear of reprisal, and to collectively bargain," the White House said.

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