IBM Corp. has extended its
research partnership with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science
and Engineering for five more years.
The continued research and development partnership is expected to bring IBM's
(NYSE: IBM) investment in Albany NanoTech to more than $1 billion by 2013, John
Kelly, IBM's senior vice president and director of research, told a crowd of
about 400 gathered today at Albany NanoTech.
IBM was the first company to invest in Albany NanoTech. Today, more than 250
public and private entities partner in the college's research programs.
Today's announcement came in conjunction with an official ribbon cutting for
NanoFab East 300, the college's fourth nanotechnology research building. The
$150 million facility includes 250,000 square feet of office, laboratory and
classroom space and 15,000 square feet of cleanroom space.
The new research building is expected to generate 600 jobs and add $1 billion
to the Capital Region economy, said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Brooklyn,
a longtime supporter of Albany NanoTech.
The state invested $5 million in the new research facility. In all, it's invested
$900 million in the college research facility since its inception in 1997.
"It is clear that the future of economic development is in this model,"
Silver said of the college's partnership with private companies.
NanoFab East will be fully occupied by the end of April, said Alain Kaloyeros,
Albany NanoTech's vice president and CEO. Businesses began moving into the new
space a few months ago.
Smaller companies will occupy the first floor of NanoFab East, International
Sematech will move to the second floor, IBM will occupy the third floor and
the college will use the fourth floor. Most of the research and development
there will be in the field of nanoelectronics.
International Sematech, a consortium of at least 18 manufacturers that make
computer microchips, recently moved its headquarters to Albany from Austin,
Private investments in the $4.5 billion campus total $3.5 billion.
Today's announcement at the 800,000-square foot nanotechnology campus on Fuller
Road comes just days after IBM confirmed plans to cut its U.S. work force. The
company hasn't confirmed numbers but union officials expect as many as 5,000
workers will lose their jobs. Another 5,000 were laid off during a previous
round of cuts in January, including 274 at the company's Fishkill operations
in Dutchess County.