GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Alexie Lee Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

Earlier this week, the Manufacturing Institute, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, University of Phoenix and Deloitte named GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Alexie Lee one of the first recipients of their Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards. Honoring women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers, the announcement highlights Alexie’s achievements in manufacturing through her positive impact on both GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the industry as a whole.

Alexie Lee

In her role as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Alexie is responsible for litigation, intellectual property and corporate matters. Additionally, Alexie oversees worldwide corporate communications, government relations and corporate risk management and sustainability, while providing direction and counsel to the CEO, the Board of Directors and other top corporate leaders. GLOBALFOUDRIES’ growth from a one-facility operation to a company with 7 production facilities worldwide can be attributed in part to her actions and strong understanding of the importance of manufacturing to the entire economy. She adds, “I am excited about being involved in the most advanced of advanced manufacturing.  Not only is our industry vital to our nation’s strength, our products drive improvements, at times dramatic, in all our lives.”

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO, Ajit Manocha said, “Since helping to launch GLOBALFOUNDRIES in 2009, Alexie has exhibited a tremendous track record of execution and collaboration, helping to propel our company as one of the fastest-growing semiconductor companies in the world. Her leadership is helping GLOBALFOUNDRIES create thousands of new advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and expand the high-tech manufacturing capabilities that will continue to pave the way for long-term economic growth in the U.S. We thank Alexie for her hard work and dedication and we are so proud to see her recognized with this prestigious award.”

The STEP Ahead initiative was launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and best practices for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent. A total of 122 women were honored this first year, representing a variety of companies at all levels of their manufacturing organization from the factory floor to the C-suite. Award organizers hope that by telling the stories of these women, they can help inspire the next-generation of talent to pursue careers in the industry.  The STEP Awards are also meant to empower honorees to lead in their companies, communities and networks on the importance of manufacturing and issues related to attracting, advancing and retaining strong manufacturing talent.

“The STEP Ahead initiative was founded to change perceptions of the manufacturing industry and create new opportunities for women in the sector,” said Latondra Newton, group vice president at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and chairwoman of the STEP Ahead initiative. “This initiative is the call for action to transform the face of today’s manufacturing talent and ensure that women can contribute to the future of this industry.”

On February 5th, Alexie will join the other award recipients for a reception in Washington, D.C. where the STEP Awards program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Build Leading-Edge R&D Center on Fab 8 Campus

Aerial view of Fab 8 (rendering)

On January 8th, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced it will soon begin construction on a new research and development facility at the Fab 8 campus.  Featuring more than a half million square feet of flexible space to support a range of technology development and manufacturing activities, the new Technology Development Center (TDC) will play a key role in the company’s strategy to develop innovative semiconductor solutions allowing customers to compete at the leading edge of technology.

TDC site plan

“As the industry shifts from the PC era to a market focused on mobile devices, we have seen increasingly strong interest from customers in migrating to advanced nodes on an accelerated schedule,” said GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha. “To help facilitate this migration, we are making significant investments in strengthening our technology leadership, including growing our workforce and adding new capabilities to make Fab 8 the hub of our global technology operations.  The new TDC will help us bridge between the lab and the fab by taking research conducted with partners and further developing the technologies to make them ready for volume manufacturing.”

The TDC will house a variety of semiconductor development and manufacturing spaces to support the transition to new technology nodes, as well as the development of innovative capabilities to deliver value to customers beyond the traditional approach of shrinking transistors.

The overarching goal of the TDC is to provide a collaborative space to develop end-to-end solutions covering the full spectrum of silicon technology, from new interconnect and packaging technologies that enable three-dimensional (3D) stacking of chips to leading-edge photomasks for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and everything in between. The TDC will also house important post-production capabilities, including ETest, Bump and Probe, which are increasingly needed at the foundry location for fast yield feedback and to support customer business models.

The Fab 8 campus is an ideal home for the company’s leading-edge technology development activities.  The proximity of the IBM Joint Development Alliance activities in East Fishkill and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany, combined with the growing presence of technology development personnel on the Fab 8 campus, have helped make New York’s “Tech Valley” a global center for next-generation technologies.

Renderings of Fab 8 campus with TDC renderings

“This significant expansion demonstrates that the investments we have made in nanotechnology research across New York State are producing the intended return— the creation of high-paying jobs and generation of economic growth that is essential to rebuilding our state,” said New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  “New York has become the world’s hub for advanced semiconductor research and now, the Technology Development Center will further help ensure the innovations developed in New York, in collaboration with our research institutions, are manufactured in New York.”

Speaking about the announcement, CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros said, “The expansion of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ advanced technology and manufacturing capabilities, supported by new investments and location of new high-tech research and development jobs at the College of Nanoscale Science and engineering, will fuel exciting opportunities for both residents and businesses across New York State, in accordance with Governor Cuomo ‘New York Open for Business’ strategy, and continue to pave the way for long-term economic growth and prosperity catalyzed by computer chip innovations.”

The company plans to begin construction in early 2013 with completion targeted for late 2014.  Since breaking ground on Fab 8 in 2009, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has created approximately 2,000 new direct jobs and that number is expected to grow by another 1,000 employees for a total of about 3,000 new jobs by the end of 2014.   

Quick Facts about the TDC

  • Three-level building with approximately 550,000 gross square feet of varying occupancy types
  • Approximately 90,000 square feet of flexible cleanroom space
  • Approximately 108,000 square feet of clean space to support a range of technology development and manufacturing activities
  • The additional investment in the TDC will increase the total capital investment for the Fab 8 campus to approximately $8.5 billion

For more information on the TDC, check out these resources and articles 

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Seeking Qualified Semiconductor Professionals in Big D

If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and are an experienced semiconductor industry professional looking for a new opportunity with one of the top foundries in the world, then you’ll want to attend the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Opportunity Summit in early December. In order to support our growing global operations, we are currently recruiting in the Dallas area to fill new positions at the company’s Fab 8 facility in upstate New York.

Photo Credit: Trip Advisor

The summit will take place from December 4-6, 2012. The first day and will consist of an executive keynote, Q&A, and meet and greet with GLOBALFOUNDRIES hiring managers for Technology Development, Design Enablement, and Fab 8. The following two days will be used to hold interviews with qualified candidates. Full details on the agenda are provided below. This is an invitation only event, so qualified candidates must submit their resume ahead of time here. Pending review, interviews will be set up immediately with eligible applicants.

Recently named one of the Top 20 leading semiconductor suppliers in 2012 by IC Insights, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is looking for qualified applicants in broad range of skillsets that include DRC, PDK, analog mixed signal, MATLAB, MOL Process Integration, and post layout automation.

Opportunity Summit Agenda:

Tuesday, December 4th

  • 5-6 p.m. CST: Doors open
  • 6-7 p.m. CST: Executive keynote followed by a Q&A
  • 7-8 p.m. CST: Meet & greet with GLOBALFOUNDRIES hiring managers

Wednesday, December 5th & Thursday December 6th

  • Interviews with prospective new hires

To apply, click here:

Working Together To Build Tomorrow’s Workforce

Earlier this week, GLOBALFOUNDRIES launched the Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs, an initiative in New York’s Capital Region involving educators, administrators, and businesses interested in developing the workforce of tomorrow.

The Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs is a 13-county regional laboratory that will:

  • Collect and build on the most innovative practices and best ideas in education.
  • Leverage the strengths of all stakeholders.
  • Articulate the vision of the future education system.
  • Identify road blocks in achieving that vision.
  • Systematically eliminate those roadblocks.

Initial work began in 2009 when the Obama administration suggested that GLOBALFOUNDRIES design a new workforce development initiative to define a clear path to tomorrow’s education system.  Led by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and facilitated by the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the initiative is intended to be a pilot to facilitate, coordinate and communicate best practices between K-12 and higher education institutions and businesses in the region. The initiative is designed to be able to scale upward in size in order to help improve the education system nationally.

Mike Russo, director of government relations at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

“The initiative will collect and build on the most innovative practices and best ideas,” said Mike Russo, director of government relations at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, who is responsible for the corporation’s U.S.-based education initiatives.  “The goal is to articulate the vision of the future education system, identify roadblocks in achieving that vision and systematically eliminate those roadblocks, ultimately helping to improve the system nationally.”

To date, the Tech Valley Connection for Education and Jobs has engaged businesses, government, labor, and education entities; has surveyed over 100 school districts about their existing and desired programs and roadblocks to achieving them; and has a growing roster of business, teacher, and student “ambassadors” serving as communication links to the initiative.  There are 20 regional chambers of commerce, 111 school districts and 345 schools involved in the initiative.   As a significant employer in New York State, this initiative will develop a world-class education pipeline across the region that will enable not only the success of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, but other high tech businesses in the region.

Fox & Friends Features GLOBALFOUNDRIES As One of the Country’s Top Hiring Companies

The economy, employment rates and global competitiveness continue to be the focus of major news stories in the United States. Most recently, the July jobs report showed the U.S. added 160,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate is now at 8.3 percent.  Last week, the highly rated morning show, Fox & Friends, featured GLOBALFOUNDRIES as one of the top five companies hiring in the country. A product of the largest public-private partnership in New York history, our Fab 8 has already created nearly 1,500 permanent jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs in New York, with more growth on the horizon.

The segment kicks off discussing the job market in New York and reports that GLOBALFOUNDRIES will hire 600 new employees around the country, with 350 of these openings in Saratoga County. Among the positions we’re hiring for, the top openings include water fab operators, technicians, engineers and managers. We also recently announced plans to expand Fab 8’s clean room to meet growing customer demand, which will create an additional 300 jobs.

This year the Capital Region has grown in popularity and is quickly developing a reputation as a technology hub. This spring Forbes magazine even named Albany-Schenectady one of America’s best cities for jobs. The segment also featured another local company, Lockheed Martin, a top defense contractor with a branch in Saratoga Springs. Lockheed currently has 6,500 job openings worldwide, including IT, engineering and program management.

As the Capital Region continues to grow, new technology, collaboration and advanced manufacturing should continue to draw talent to the area. Watch the full Fox & Friends segment to find out more.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces Extension to Fab 8, Adding More Space and Hundreds of New Jobs

On July 24, 2012, the third anniversary of the Fab 8 groundbreaking, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced it is moving forward with the final construction of the extension of Module 1 at the Malta, N.Y. campus. The project will add 90,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity, bringing the total capacity for Fab 8 Module 1 to 300,000 square feet. Construction will begin in August and work is expected to be completed in December 2013.

The decision to move forward with the extension comes as a result of increased demand from customers, especially at the 28nm node. Extending the Fab 8 cleanroom is expected to enable the Fab 8 capacity to reach approximately 60,000 wafers per month and it will increase the capital budget by approximately $2.3 billion, taking the total capital budget from $4.6 billion to approximately $6.9 billion, once tools and equipment are installed.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES began construction on Fab 8 in July 2009 and began moving people and equipment into the facility in mid-2011. Initial wafer starts began earlier this year and the facility is on track to begin risk production by the end of the year, with volume production in early 2013.

“By continuing to expand our investment in the project, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is delivering more options to our global customers, while helping to redefine upstate New York as a premier hub of the global semiconductor industry, creating thousands of new advanced manufacturing jobs, and contributing billions of dollars to the regional economy,” said Eric Choh, vice president and general manager of Fab 8.

Since breaking ground on Fab 8 in 2009, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has created more than 1,500 new direct jobs, in addition to 4,300 construction-related jobs. The project is the largest private Project Labor Agreement in history, generating hundreds of millions of dollars of economic development throughout upstate New York during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer To Feature Fab 8 in “Made in America” Series


David Muir talks to a class of Ballston Spa High School students at the HVCC TEC-SMART campus. The students are part of the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program. Many of the students expressed an interest in eventually starting a career in high-tech at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

On Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m., ABC World News with Diane Sawyer will feature GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8 in its special “Made in America” series. The segment will focus on how Fab 8 is is bringing high-quality jobs to U.S. residents and improving the local economy.

Earlier this month, David Muir from ABC World News spent a day touring Fab 8 and speaking with local students, teachers and businesses owners in the community who are already seeing the positive impact of the company’s new advanced manufacturing operations.

Rear Admiral David W. Titley Visits Fab 8; Discusses Hiring Initiatives for Military Veterans

Rear Admiral David W. Titley speaks at Fab 8.

On April 26, Rear Admiral David W. Titley, assistant deputy chief of Naval operations for information dominance, visited GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8 to tour the facility and learn more about the Fab’s economic impact in the region and the company’s efforts to hire U.S. military veterans; to date, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has hired approximately 100 veterans to work at Fab 8.

Rear Admiral Titley’s visit was part of the U.S. Navy’s 50/50 Program, an outreach effort which features 50 senior Navy leaders in 50 cities throughout the country. His two-day visit to the Capital Region included visits with corporate executives, community leaders, government officials, local universities and community colleges, and members of the media to discuss the Navy’s mission, capabilities and relevance to national security and the impacts to the Capital Region.

Rear Admiral Titley met with GLOBALFOUNDRIES executives to discuss the company’s hiring initiatives for U.S. military veterans. The company is working to recruit more military veterans at Fab 8, working closely with the NYSDOL and participating in veteran specific job fairs at Fort Drum and the NYSDOL Veterans Career event.

Rear Admiral David W. Titley.

Media Roundup – The Importance of Manufacturing in America

Since President Obama’s State of the Union address, where he called for creating more advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States, there has been a lot of attention on this topic. The Christian Science Monitor profiled GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Fab 8 in an article earlier this week, and more stories have been appearing on the topic.

Here’s a couple of articles that are worth reading, which highlight why it’s so important for our economy to create these advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States, like the one at Fab 8.

From The Atlantic: Manufacturing Is Special: Why America Needs Its Makers

Why is manufacturing more innovative compared to other businesses? The sector has long benefited from the relentless application of technical knowledge and skill. Every year, production workers, engineers, and managers find better ways to solve the technical problems of production. As a result, production becomes more efficient and, from time to time, the production process gets reorganized.

While America’s manufacturing sector no longer lords over our economy as in the past, it’s still a crucial force. It is more innovative and pays higher wages than other industries. Because that’s likely to be the case for the foreseeable future, public policy should support a healthy manufacturing sector.

From The New York Times: Why Manufacturing Still Matters

Manufacturing matters because of its substantial and disproportionate role in innovation. Few economists dispute the importance of innovation to the growth of living standards, but few acknowledge the strong links between innovation and manufacturing.

A strong manufacturing sector supports the key building blocks of the nation’s innovation ecosystem — its skilled scientific, engineering and technical work force, its research and development, its ability to identify technical challenges and provide creative solutions.

Christian Science Monitor Reports on U.S. Manufacturing, Impact of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8

On Wednesday, Ron Scherer from the Christian Science Monitor published a story about American manufacturing, and how President Obama believes that advanced manufacturing jobs, like those at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, can be the cornerstone of economic revival in the United States.

The information that Scherer shares on GLOBALFOUNDRIES is based on a tour and several interviews that he received while being hosted at Fab 8, in partnership with the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation.

Here’s an excerpt from Scherer’s story:

The new plant, which is about the size of six football fields, has hired 1,100 workers in the past two years and plans on adding another 300 this year. Construction workers are still bustling around the $4 billion facility, which has expanded before it’s even shipped a silicon wafer – and will eventually be a $7 billion operation.

The company is attracting the attention of high-tech companies around the globe. And because the company is more dependent on PhDs than on manual labor, it is an example of where the United States has an advantage over places such as China, where labor costs are so low.

To read Scherer’s full article and see pictures of Fab 8 and GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ New York operations, click here.