Computer chip plant construction gives big boost to 65 subcontractors

Plumbers, electricians, specialty gas suppliers and exhaust fan installers are among the 65 subcontractors that have been busy helping GlobalFoundries construct a 90,000-square-foot addition to its computer chip manufacturing plant in Malta, New York.

GlobalFoundries, which began building its $10 billion factory in Saratoga County six years ago, is gradually turning its focus from construction to production. But a new report filed with the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency shows there still are about 1,000 construction workers building out the 90,000-square-foot expansion and completing work on a $2 billion research and production hub known as the Technology Development Center.

Turner Construction of Albany was hired as the general contractor for the 90,000-square-foot manufacturing room expansion. M+W Group is the general contractor the Technology Development Center.

A report filed with the industrial development agency shows that 65 subcontractors have billed a total of $646 million for the manufacturing room expansion. Of that, $256.7 million stems from labor costs.

The report, which outlines construction activity through the first half of the year, also shows another $132.1 million in billings for the Technology Development Center.

GlobalFoundries helped propel the construction industry during one of the deepest recessions in 50 years. The computer chip maker is competing to produce the most advanced chips used in smartphones, tablet computers and other devices. In addition to the construction jobs, GlobalFoundries has hired 2,855 employees in Malta since the company began building its plant in 2009.

Below is a sortable table giving a detailed breakdown of the subcontractors involved in a construction of the 90,000-square-foot manufacturing room expansion.

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