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Fact Sheet: Micron Makes Historic Megafab Investment in Central New York

Updated June 6, 2023

The passage of the CHIPS and Science Act is a major win. It will improve U.S. economic and national security and drive American innovation and competitiveness for years to come.

Thanks to the work of a bipartisan coalition in Congress and a strong commitment from the state of New York, Micron is proud to announce a historic investment in the U.S. to bring leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing to the Empire State.

Micron’s investment in Central New York will boost production of American-made, leading-edge memory that will fuel U.S. technology and manufacturing leadership.

Micron’s Cleanroom is the Largest Ever Announced in the U.S

Micron’s investment will create the largest ever cleanroom space announced in the U.S., creating nearly 50,000 New York jobs over more than 20 years. 

This is the latest step for Micron following the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act and comes on the heels of its $15 billion investment in leading-edge memory manufacturing at its Boise, Idaho, global headquarters, and a recent expansion of its Manassas, Virginia fab. 

This is part of Micron’s strategy to gradually increase U.S. based-DRAM production to 40% of the company’s global output in the next decade, increasing Micron’s overall supply in line with industry demand growth.

Details on Micron’s historic New York megafab plans:

  • Micron has selected Clay, New York, just 10 minutes outside of Syracuse, for the location of the megafab site.
  • Micron intends to invest up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years, with the first phase investment of $20 billion planned by the end of this decade, to build a leading-edge memory megafab in Clay, New York.
  • This is the largest private investment ever made in New York state history.
  • This new megafab will create nearly 50,000 New York jobs: 9,000 new high-paying Micron jobs and over 40,000 community jobs – including suppliers, contractors and other supporting roles. Micron will begin direct hiring for the megafab in line with the production ramp.
  • Micron’s Central New York site could eventually include four 600,000 square foot cleanrooms, accounting for a total of 2.4 million square feet of cleanroom space – the size of approximately 40 U.S. football fields.
  • Site preparation work will start in 2023 with construction beginning in 2024.
  • Production output will ramp in the latter half of the decade, in line with industry demand trends.

New York is the Ideal Home for America’s New Leading-Edge Semiconductor Megafab

Micron is thrilled to build this new megafab in New York, making the Empire State the location of the biggest leading-edge memory site in the U.S.

There were multiple factors that made the state an ideal home for Micron’s new megafab, including:

  • A rich pool of diverse talent, encompassing communities underrepresented in technology jobs.
  • Much to offer for future Micron employees and families, including urban and outdoor lifestyles, an affordable cost of living and leading higher education institutions.
  • Partnership opportunities with local K-12 education programs, community colleges and institutions for top engineering and technical talent.
  • A significant military population, which aligns with Micron’s goals for veteran hiring.
  • Availability and access to water and clean, reliable power to achieve our long-term environmental goals.
  • A long history of semiconductor development and manufacturing and a promising opportunity to expand to the memory sector.
  • Opportunities to collaborate on R&D initiatives, including with:

    1. The Albany NanoTech Complex – a hub for R&D and workforce development programs.
    2. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory – focused on mission-critical R&D programs and military and defense readiness efforts.

The $5.5 billion in incentives from the state of New York over the life of the project are critical to support hiring and capital investment. This together with the strong support from the Town of Clay and Onondaga County, made Micron’s investment possible.

Historic Investment in Community and Workforce Development

Micron and the state of New York announced a historic $500 million investment in community and workforce development over the duration of the project. Micron will invest $250 million in the Green CHIPS Community Investment Fund. Micron will work with the state and other partners to form a local Community Advisory Committee to provide inputs into additional future investments from the Fund.

An additional $250 million is expected to be invested, with $100 million from New York and $150 million from local, other state and national partners.

The New York Megafab Will Further Micron’s Technology and Manufacturing Leadership

Micron has announced two high-volume manufacturing fabs to be built in the U.S.

Micron’s investment in New York will complement the company’s high-volume manufacturing fab in Boise, which is co-located with R&D.

The Central New York facility will employ the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes and tools, including extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, to drive industry leadership across several generations of DRAM.

Micron’s Manassas facility continues to be an important part of its manufacturing footprint, supplying Micron’s long-lifecycle technologies that are used in automotive, networking and defense applications.

Sustainability Initiatives for New York Leading-Edge Megafab

Micron is committed to delivering on its existing sustainability framework for the design and operations of its new facility, which include aiming to:

  • Achieve 100% water reuse, recycling and restoration.
  • Use 100% renewable electricity at the new facility.
  • Use green infrastructure and sustainable building attributes for the construction of the new fab to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status.
  • Mitigate and control greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for the new facility.
  • Incorporate energy efficiency measures.
  • Utilize green hydrogen – hydrogen formed through electrolysis powered by renewable electricity, without GHG emissions – to the extent feasible to displace/replace natural gas and gray hydrogen consumption. 
  • Adopt measures to reduce and avoid waste generation and achieve zero hazardous waste to landfill.

These efforts support Micron’s global target to achieve a 42% reduction in GHG emissions from operations (“scope 1”) by 2030 and net-zero emissions from operations and purchased energy (“scope 1 & 2") by 2050, supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Micron was recently named one of the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies, awarded an Ecovadis Sustainability Platinum medal (top 1%) and named one of Newsweek America’s Most Responsible Companies.