Governor Cuomo Announces $1 Billion Public-Private Partnership with Cree Creating World's Largest Silicon Carbide Device Facility at the Marcy Nanocenter

September 23, 2019

Over 600 Full-Time Cree Jobs to Be Created at Marcy Nanocenter on SUNY Poly Campus as Cree Will Partner with SUNY to Implement a Workforce Training Program and Industry-Oriented Curriculum to Supply Future Workforce in Marcy and a $10 Million Joint Initiative to Support High-Tech Research and Development in the SUNY System

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a major public-private partnership between the State of New York and Cree, Inc., the global leader in silicon carbide technology, to invest approximately $1 billion over six years to construct and equip a new, state-of-the-art, highly-automated world's-first, 200mm silicon carbide wafer fabrication facility. This investment also includes a $30 million research and development commitment by Cree, with plans to create over 600 full-time highly-skilled technician and engineering positions at the Marcy Nanocenter on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus near Utica.

"This partnership is vital to strengthening the research and scientific assets that New York State needs today to attract the high-tech industries and jobs of tomorrow," Governor Cuomo said. "This is a crucial step in cultivating the advanced manufacturing infrastructure of New York State, growing the upstate economy and transforming the future of the Mohawk Valley.

"This public-private partnership is advancing innovative research and development at the Marcy Nanocenter," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The nation-leading facility will continue to grow the high-tech industry in the Mohawk Valley and create hundreds of jobs at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The project includes a job training program to ensure students are trained with the skills they need to meet businesses' needs in the future. We are committed to growing the advanced manufacturing industry to further establish New York as an innovation hub and strengthen the economy."

Read the full press release here.