AMD sharpens details

"Over time, most of the workers, if not all, will be from the local community," said Tisdale. The plant would most likely be staffed by transfers from AMD's Dresden, Germany, fab facilities when it first opens, however. As local residents learn the proper skills, their employment will be ramped up.

It is estimated that 200 to 300 jobs will be engineering-related, and will require an appropriate degree. Somewhere between 300 and 500 jobs will be fab technicians, who will need specialized training. Tisdale said the chipmaker has been in discussions with Hudson Valley Community College to create appropriate programs. Another approximately 200 jobs will be administrative and management positions.

Construction is expected to provide 1,600 temporary jobs.

The annual payroll for a fully operational facility is estimated at $88 million.

Tisdale said he anticipates the creation of another 5,000 "indirect jobs" in the area. Foundry will also be looking to local vendors whenever possible.

"We have a bias towards working with local vendors, absolutely," said Tisdale.

Mike Relyea, executive director of LFTC, said that the chip fab's arrival will go a long way toward attracting more clients to the campus, where he said around 500 to 600 acres of land are still available for development.

"My phone really hasn't stopped ringing," since AMD's announcement, said Relyea.

Tisdale was also asked about questions raised by Intel, AMD's primary competitor, regarding a cross-licensing agreement between the two companies that dates back to 1976. Intel says that deal with ATIC may violate that agreement's promise not to share certain intellectual properties with third parties. Tisdale said the agreement was a "non-issue," and that AMD's lawyers had reviewed the issues before the deal was brokered.

"We respect their intellectual property rights, and we expect them to respect ours," he said in regard to Intel.

The state will be offering Foundry $1.2 billion in grants and tax incentives for building in Saratoga County (see related story, page 5). The arrival of the fab is contingent upon the award of those funds, and also on the approval on the U.S Treasury Department's Committee of Foreign Investments, which must approve of the of Foundry's project because of the presence of foreign money.

A groundbreaking in mid-2009 is hoped for.""

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