Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in suburban Schenectady on Tuesday to announce a new partnership between the state, General Electric, IBM and other major technology companies to develop the next generation of semiconductors.
But as that deal was announced, questions continue to swirl about IBM’s plant in East Fishkill, Dutchess County. IBM and GlobalFoundries, a major chip maker with a facility in Saratoga County, have been reported to be nearing a deal on the sale of IBM’s semiconductor business.
After the announcement Tuesday, Cuomo was asked about the future of IBM’s East Fishkill chip fab and whether he’s been involved in any talks between IBM and GlobalFoundries, both of which have been beneficiaries of major state investment in nanotechnology.
Cuomo deferred to Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the state’s point man on all things nanotechnology.
“All we’ve heard are rumors. I note that a few months ago … the rumors started to spread about layoffs in Fishkill, and everybody is going to lose their job in Fishkill, there’s going to be layoffs in Fishkill” Kaloyeros said. “And honestly, I didn’t see anyone when there were no layoffs in Fishkill say, ‘Oh, wow, there were no layoffs in Fishkill when they laid of 7,000 people around the globe.”
Kaloyeros continued: “These are still rumors. The state of New York, the governor has directed us to make sure whatever conversations are going on, whatever deal comes out, is going to be most beneficial for New York. And stay tuned.”
(Photo of IBM Fishkill by Spencer Ainsley/Poughkeepsie Journal)