Joe Biden to visit Syracuse on heels of $100B Micron Deal

Central New York is on the brink of something big – so big that President Joe Biden is visiting the area to see where Micron Technology plans to invest up to $100 billion to build a leading-edge memory giant fabrication plant.

The location of the megafab is 10 minutes outside Syracuse, in the heart of New York State. Micron plans to invest up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years, making it the largest private investment ever made in New York State history, and the largest megafab of its type in the U.S

Micron chose the White Pine Commerce Park, in Clay, NY, over a site in Texas for the biggest investment in the company’s history

The investment will have a major impact on the community, as thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars of investment translates into major growth in the area, as the area becomes even more attractive to suppliers along the technology business. The site plans eventually include four 600,000 square-foot cleanrooms, approximately the size of 40 football fields.

Site preparation work will begin next year, with construction beginning in 2024.

Biden’s visit to the new Micron site will showcase Syracuse to other companies around the world that Central New York will soon be a center of American chip manufacturing.

Biden has focused on the resurgence of American manufacturing as a priority of his administration. He worked with NY Senator Chuck Schumer to pass the Chips and Science Act, which provides $52 billion in incentives for companies to build new semiconductor plants in the United States.

Micron chose Central New York based on its access to talent and its leading higher education institutions. It says it will provide good-paying, career-type jobs for environmental and electrical engineers, metallurgists, silicon wafer and quality assurance technicians.  It will also need many people to run and maintain HVAC systems, and several trade-type jobs such as HVAC, ultrapure water technicians, tool installers, project coordinators, and professionals in finance, human resources, shipping and receiving and security.

Micron says jobs at its plant would pay an average of more than $100,000. Jobs that require lesser levels of education and training would likely have starting pay in the $60,000 to $80,000 range.