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Schumer continues push for Syracuse-area chipmaker

Ryan Delaney
Sen. Charles Schumer holds up a bag of Syracuse-made Terrell's Potato Chips, and a prototype of a nano chip made by APIC, to illustrate the difference between the "chips."

Sen. Charles Schumer is continuing his efforts to land a chip fabrication plant in central New York. Monday he visited a potential site, just north of Syracuse, with the CEO of chipmaker APIC.

A chip fabrication plant at Electronics Park in Salina isn’t a done deal, but Sen. Schumer said it’s just a matter of all the pieces coming together at a press conference Monday. The biggest hurdle is APIC first signing a contract with the US Navy.Schumer says the money is already in the Defense budget and he wants Syracuse to get in on the expansion of nanotech in New York.

“The nano-tech industry has already taken off and gained speed in the capital region creating thousands of job. The industry is growing so fast it’s like a runaway freight train and we’re here to say we want that train to stop in Syracuse,” says Schumer.

APIC proposes to create 200 jobs to manufacture chips that increase performance while reducing energy consumption.

CenterState CEO owns the proposed site, a former G-E facility, and says renovations will be done by year’s end, even if the APIC deal falls through. Schumer shied away from entering the building when told part of those renovations is dealing with a major mold problem.