Schumer visits SU to tout Micron deal progress

Schumer visits SU to tout Micron deal progress

New York's senator joins Micron executives and area leaders to announce next phase in plans with the semiconductor chip manufacturer.
Published: April 10, 2023
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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks at the National Veterans Resource Center on Monday.

Syracuse University served as the backdrop Tuesday morning for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer to update local leaders on the latest developments in the $100 million Micron deal.

Speaking at the National Veterans Resource Center, Schumer announced the creation of the Northeast Semiconductor Network, touting how it will enhance jobs for those in Central New York working in conjunction with the semiconductor chip manufacturer.

“Today is the big second step to making Micron happy of making those jobs a tangible reality that will give us just the skills we need to succeed,” Schumer said.

Schumer joined President Joe Biden in Syracuse in October to announce Micron’s proposed manufacturing plant in Clay. Dubbed a “megafab”, the plant consists of four 600,000-square-foot cleanrooms where the chips will be made. The new plant is anticipated to create 50,000 jobs.

“The new curriculum that emerges from the Northeast Semiconductor Network will ensure our children and grandchildren get the jobs they need and the better future that every parent dreams of for their children,” Schumer said.  “This new coalition is the very first with Micron and the memory chips located here.”

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (right) speaks to Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, on Monday.

Schumer also discussed the involvement that Central New York colleges and universities will have in the deal. SU, SUNY Oswego, Onondaga Community College, and others aim to train area workers on the skills they need to secure “good” paying jobs at Micron.

Schumer was also joined by Micron’s Executive Vice President of Global Operations Manish Bhatia, Senior Vice President April Arnzen, SU Chancellor Kent Syverud, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, and the National Science Foundation Director Seuthuraman Panchananthan.