Senator calls on chip fab to hold job fair

Schools in the area are already spinning up programs to train workers in the chip manufacturing industry. The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is widely considered to be a world-class program and is expanding. Hudson Valley Community College is looking to build a satellite campus at Saratoga Technology and Energy Park specially designed to provide fab technician training. In addition, high schools around the area are creating nanotechnology initiatives to attract students to the emerging area industry.

During the facility's planning and approval phases, AMD (which spun off GlobalFoundries) promised that local residents would be well represented among the final workforce at Fab 2, but also said that the company's existing employees will likely have to be brought in to get things rolling. The company has employees mainly in Germany and California.

There is, however, no stipulation attached to the $1.2 billion in state cash and tax incentives that the company must hire a certain number of local workers. McDonald said that is reason for locals to rally for the job opportunities, citing the case of a proposed Beech-Nut baby food factory in Montgomery County that will be built largely by a North Carolina-based contractor.

"We are concerned that you give the economic incentives and promises are made, and all of a sudden companies like Beech-Nut are hiring from outside the area," he said. "The stipulation [for incentives] is that we're trying to stimulate the local economy."

Those watching the project have been waiting for an announcement that GlobalFoundries has purchased the land for Fab 2 for weeks. Once ownership has been transferred, the company can begin construction work while the site plans move through the final steps of approval in the Town of Malta.

Bullard also directed a reporter to the career section of GlobalFoundries' Web site, where a search revealed eight GloFo jobs available in the Albany area and seven in Fishkill.""

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