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Menlo Microsystems Plans Tompkins County, New York, Microelectronics Fabrication Plant

Electronics components manufacturer Menlo Microsystems plans to establish its first domestic microelectronics fabrication facility in Tompkins County, New York. The $50 million project is expected to create 100 jobs.

The new fab will produce thousands of wafers per month when fully operational. Manufacturing is scheduled to begin in 2024.

"Today's announcement represents the first step toward significantly increasing the domestic production capacity of our Ideal Switch to help secure critical infrastructure and further strengthen America's technology stronghold,” said CEO of Menlo Micro Russ Garcia said. “We want to thank Senate Majority Leader Schumer for his leadership on the CHIPS and Science Act, which is directly supportive of and aligned with our plan to onshore our manufacturing capabilities. We look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Schumer, Gov. Hochul, Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Molinaro and the entire New York delegation as we begin ushering in the next generation of electrification, delivering unprecedented cost and energy savings to essential U.S. industries. We believe this fab modernization project is in 100 percent alignment with the presidential directive on bringing semiconductor manufacturing back to the United States."

To support the project, Empire State Development will provide $6.5 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits in exchange for 122 new jobs at their Ithaca facility. As with all Excelsior Jobs projects, Menlo Micro will receive the credits after demonstrating that they have met their job and investment commitments.

"With this agreement to bring Menlo Microsystems to Tompkins County, we are once again declaring New York State as Chips Country," Governor Kathy Hochul noted. "Menlo Micro's groundbreaking chip technology powers the tools and electronics that New Yorkers rely on every day, and thanks to a remarkable partnership between local, state, and federal officials, their New York production facility will create more than 100 high-tech jobs and unlock millions of dollars in investment to support the entire region. I am excited to welcome Menlo to New York's chip-making ecosystem as we continue our work to attract the innovative, 21st century businesses that will provide good-paying jobs, grow our advanced manufacturing sector, and move our economy forward."

Menlo Micro has pioneered next generation switch technology. The company brings more than 99 percent reductions in size, weight, power, and cost to dozens of industries such as medical, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial IoT, and test and measurement.

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