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AMD alters Malta plans

AMD officials would not commit to coming to the Luther Forest Technology Campus (LFTC), but did ask to perform pre-construction work and said they will draw more water than previously expected from the Saratoga County water system.

Advanced Micro Devices representatives attended a workshop with the Malta Town Board Monday night, Feb. 25, the same day AMD filed amendments to the LFTC Planned Development District (PDD) with town officials.

We are still in the process of working through the manufacturing strategy so we can't give a commitment on that tonight, said Terry Caudell, director of strategic wafer manufacturing for AMD. Caudell said a commitment from AMD could come "in the next several months."

In the meantime, AMD officials asked the Town Board to amend the LFTC legislation.

The PDD amendments stem from changes AMD has proposed from the original footprint they were to have in LFTC. Instead of building four chip fabrication buildings at 800,000 square feet each, AMD now proposes building three buildings at 890,000 square feet each. That's about 10 percent larger than what is allowed in the current legislation. Two of those plants would be within Malta town lines, with the third building located in Stillwater. Even with the decrease in the number of buildings, Caudell said the plants are estimated to employ approximately 1,465 people, considerably more than the 1,205 that is required in order for AMD to receive some $1.2 billion in state aid.

"The factories are larger. They have larger clean rooms," said Caudell, "so the staffing may be a little higher."

When asked if the changes would affect the amount of water the company would draw from the $67 million Saratoga County water system, Caudell said he expected to draw approximately 3 million gallons per day at the onset of the operation. The Saratoga Economic Development Corporation previously committed to buying approximately 2 million gallons per day for the tenants of the LFTC.

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