AIM Photonics Manufacturing Facility to be Located in Rochester’s Eastman Business Park
"In September 2016, Empire State Development hired an independent site selector for the TAP facility to create a more efficient process at a lower cost to taxpayers. Newmark Knight Frank, one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms, conducted a thorough review and evaluation of potential site locations based upon criteria and specifications developed in coordination with the United States Department of Defense and other key stakeholders. This independent process will save taxpayers tremendously, with at least $10 million in savings from original cost estimates pending final negotiations and approvals."
This week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state-of-the-art AIM Photonics Manufacturing Facility will be located in Eastman Business Park in Rochester at ON Semiconductor. According to the press release, "the facility will be used to test, assemble and package chips that use photons in place of electrons for increased performance of semiconductor circuits." The New York State Photonics Board of Officers unanimously recommended the new site.
"The site selection process recommended ON Semiconductor, located in Building 81 at Eastman Business Park, based on its existing infrastructure, including a clean room; regional accessibility; and the fact that it had the highest “quality” score based on factors such as building functionality, operational needs and real estate terms. ON Semiconductor is also likely to meet the required project timing and has the ability to leverage significant existing building and system infrastructure."
Read the New York governor's full press announcement and watch the YouTube video about this exciting cost savings initiative.