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Germany-Based EMD Electronics Expands Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Operations

EMD Electronics, the North American electronics business of Merck KGaA, plans to expand its operation and establish a semiconductor specialty gasses manufacturing facility in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The $300 million project is expected to create 68 jobs.

The new 96,500-square-foot facility will allow the company to double the production capacity of tungsten hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride, critical components in semiconductor manufacturing.

“We have been the employer of choice in Hometown for almost 50 years. Our commitment to level up our business in Schuylkill County bodes well for the community and its global impact on the semiconductor industry,” said President of EMD Electronics Jeff White. “We appreciate the efforts on the part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to recognize the value of our growth plans and work with us to make this expansion possible.”

As an incentive EMD Electronics received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $1,062,500 Pennsylvania First grant and a $122,000 workforce development grant to train workers.

“Governor Shapiro recognizes the impact the manufacturing industry has on Pennsylvania’s economy, and his budget includes funding for incentive tools to help attract and retain more businesses,” noted Acting Secretary of DCED Rick Siger. “The Governor’s proposed $12 million increase for the Pennsylvania First program would allow for more expansion projects like this one to be funded, bringing additional business investments and high-paying jobs to the Commonwealth.”

EMD Electronics manufactures chemical-mechanical planarization slurries, ultra-thin dielectric and metal precursors of film, formulated cleans and etching products, and delivery equipment for the semiconductor and electronics display industries.

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