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Saratoga County, New York and the surrounding Tech Valley region of eastern, New York is the premier location for innovative, high tech companies. With over $27 billion invested and growing, our region has earned the reputation as a global leader in high-technology manufacturing, research and development, world-class workforce, shovel ready sites and competitive incentives to ensure a company’s success.


GLOBALFOUNDRIES broke ground on Fab 8.1 at the Luther Forest Technology Campus, in the Town of Malta, Saratoga County, in July of 2009. The company produces state-of-the-art 300mm semiconductor wafers for leading edge companies like IBM, Rockchip, Broadcom, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics and others. The GLOBALFOUNDRIES campus consists of approximately 2 million square feet of building space situated on just over 220 acres including; two office buildings over 200,000 square feet each, utility and support buildings, 390,000 square foot factory including a clean room the size of 6 American football fields. A new Technology Development Center is currently under construction and will be completed in 2014.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES has zoning and planning approval for a new Fab 8.2 which could produce 450mm wafers. This 575,000-square-feet factory with 475,000 square feet of cleanroom space (roughly 10 American football fields), and would add an estimated 3,700 new jobs. The expansion would triple the company’s current employment of 2,100 jobs on site to 6,700 jobs. GLOBALFOUNDRIES applied for the zoning changes for Fab 8.2 so it could act quickly if there is an increase in demand for chips and a need for more capacity in the semiconductor industry.


Including the construction of the Technology Development Center, the total GLOBALFOUNDRIES capital investment is $8 billion of which New York State has invested roughly $1.3 billion. The new Fab 8.2 is could cost up to $14.7 billion

New York State has invested over $100 million in the development of the Luther Forest Technology Campus and accompanying infrastructure including roads, power, water, sewer and other systems infrastructure. Saratoga County has also invested over $68 million in a new countywide water system and has invested $54 million to upgrade sewage treatment capacity.


GLOBALFOUNDRIES employs over 3,100 workers at Fab 8.1, approximately 70% of which are Saratoga County residents. Over 10,054 construction workers have worked on the site since the commencement of construction in 2009. The Technology Development Center is estimated to employ 1,000 new jobs and the new Fab 8.2 would add another estimated 3,700 new jobs.

Supply Chain

Saratoga County is growing a robust supply chain of companies ready to service the Semiconductor Industry and other high-tech manufacturing. From OEM’s and specialty chemicals and gases to highly specialized logistics companies, Saratoga County has a growing list of companies here to suit your needs.

Research and Development

With more than $17 billion in high-tech investments, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations.

Since its inception in 2004, CNSE has quickly gained recognition, both on and off campus, as a leader and pioneer in nanotechnology education, research, and economic outreach.

More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty currently work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research.

CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, a 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 140,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms.

In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells and supports CNSE’s leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. The CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF), also in Rochester, is the solar industry’s first full-service collaborative facility dedicated to crystalline silicon.


The G450C is a public-private partnership program (New York State (CNSE), Intel, TSMC, Samsung, IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES) that develops cost-effective test wafer fabrication infrastructure, equipment prototypes and high-volume tools to enable a coordinated industry transition to 450mm wafers. The program will use the capabilities established at CNSE for joint development activities and support of a comprehensive industry ecosystem. The consortium is located at CNSE in Albany, New York, a twenty minute drive south of Saratoga County.