Updated 09/25/2012 10:48 PM
GlobalFoundries updates community members at quarterly meeting
Since ground was broken more than three years ago, the GlobalFoundries construction site has vastly transformed before our very eyes. As they do every three months, company officials provided neighbors with an update on their progress Tuesday night. YNN's Matt Hunter has the details.
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MALTA, N.Y. -- "I think having a new industry coming here is pretty exciting," Ballston Spa resident Stephen Skinner said. "We'd like to see this whole area continue to progress."
Since construction began three years ago, community members have been keeping a watchful on the progress at the roughly $6.9 billion GlobalFoundries construction site.
On Tuesday evening, company executives gave the public another small peak behind the curtain.
"We came to the open house a year and a half ago or so and I think it's really good that a company does that, instead of keeping everything locked up," said Skinner, who attended a public meeting along with his wife, Marge, Tuesday night.
"It's really just an opportunity to allow folks to come in and give them an update on what we're doing, not just here, but around the world," GlobalFoundries spokesperson Travis Bullard said.
The gathering was for GlobalFoundries quarterly public meeting. In addition to providing an update on construction, production and the company's current employment numbers, which stand around 1,600, representatives discussed a plan for a potential technology development center on the 222 acre site.
While company officials insist nothing is imminent, the plan would see GlobalFoundries Malta operations grow to include research and development along with manufacturing.
"We don't know for sure yet if we're going to build it yet on this site but we have submitted a site plan to the Town of Malta to start getting a site plan approval so if our business decides that yeah, we do want to build the technology development center, we'll have that in place," Bullard said.
The meeting also gave community members a chance to ask questions and bring up their concerns. If there was one overriding complaint, it was the level of noise coming out of the electrical building.
With full scale production now less than year away, many neighbors still have the same thoughts about the project, good or bad, as they did when it began.
"I think it's swell for the state generally and this area particularly, to be developing what is supposedly a wonderful community of nanotech industry, that's wonderful," Malta resident Mary Mahoney said. "I just again, don't know why it had to be here."
"Hopefully more businesses will come in and the area will grow," Marge Skinner said.