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AIM Photonics TAP Facility Announced

December 14, 2016

Rochester, NY, December 14 2016

A former Eastman Kodak Co. building on Lake Avenue is the recommended site for the research hub of the nation’s national integrated photonics initiative, AIM Photonics, sources say — with a vote confirming the selection expected Wednesday morning.

The site is at the edge of Eastman Business Park, formerly Building 81 and now home to ON Semiconductor. The company will lease excess clean room, lab and office space for what is called the Testing, Assembly and Packaging facility, according to sources with knowledge of the recommendation.

Members of the state board overseeing American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will vote on the site during a meeting in downtown Rochester, sources said, with Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others expected to attend. Howard Zemsky, head of Empire State Development, is expected to present the proposal.

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From Empire State Development:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state-of-the-art AIM Photonics Manufacturing Facility will be located in Eastman Business Park in Rochester at ON Semiconductor. The facility will be used to test, assemble and package chips that use photons in place of electrons for increased performance of semiconductor circuits. The New York State Photonics Board of Officers met today and unanimously recommended the new site.

First announced by Governor Cuomo with Vice President Joe Biden in July 2015, the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will help secure the nation and region’s leadership in emerging technology research, development, and manufacturing. Optics, photonics and imaging is one of the three industry clusters identified in “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s successful Upstate Revitalization Initiative blueprint to grow the economy, create jobs and drive opportunity.

“The selection of ON Semiconductor further cements the Finger Lakes’ position at the forefront of the photonics industry and as a national leader in this emerging, high-growth field,” Governor Cuomo said. “With a long history of spearheading technological innovation, Rochester is delivering on a bold vision to revitalize the regional economy and jumpstart 21st century growth. It’s clear that our strategic investments in next generation industries are paying off – delivering high-paying jobs and driving the Finger Lakes forward.”

In September 2016, Empire State Development hired an independent site selector for the TAP facility to create a more efficient process at a lower cost to taxpayers. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms, conducted a thorough review and evaluation of potential site locations based upon criteria and specifications developed in coordination with the United States Department of Defense and other key stakeholders. This independent process will save taxpayers tremendously, with at least $10 million in savings from original cost estimates pending final negotiations and approvals.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Using an independent, third party site selector allowed for the evaluation of multiple sites in the Greater Rochester region before Eastman Business Park was selected for the TAP facility. The new TAP facility will help secure the Finger Lakes leadership role in emerging technology research, development, and manufacturing and is further proof that the future shines bright for photonics in Rochester.”

The site selection process recommended ON Semiconductor, located in Building 81 at Eastman Business Park, based on its existing infrastructure, including a clean room; regional accessibility; and the fact that it had the highest “quality” score based on factors such as building functionality, operational needs and real estate terms. ON Semiconductor is also likely to meet the required project timing and has the ability to leverage significant existing building and system infrastructure. It is also located at the Eastman Business Park, which is a priority strategic site identified by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. An environmental review will be conducted by Empire State Development and the site is expected to be approved by the Empire State Development Board of Directors at a later date.

Bill Schromm, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ON Semiconductor, said, “With energy efficient semiconductor expertise across a wide range of applications, ON Semiconductor is very familiar with the semiconductor processes and facilities required for manufacturing high performance power conversion, wireless, connected, and imaging solutions. Our Rochester operations at the EBP facility incorporate the design, wafer fabrication, assembly, packaging, and testing of imaging components and we have a unique, on-site infrastructure in place, including process engineers and technicians, cleanroom facilities technicians, maintenance technicians and an HSE specialist, to help support the implementation of the TAP center. Coupling that with existing, available cleanroom space, we believe we offered a strong solution for a fast, efficient and safe enablement the TAP facility. We are honored to be selected as the site where the industry’s expertise and partnerships will come together to drive integrated photonic solutions. We also look forward to identifying additional technical and business areas to collaborate with AIM/Photonics to help grow these emerging technologies locally and attract additional businesses and talent to the area.”

Do Not Doubt That Louise Slaughter Was Laser Focused On A Photonics IMI for Rochester

October 26, 2016

In an article in a local newspaper yesterday, flames from this week’s debate between Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (25th, NY) and her challenger, Gates Town Superintendent Mark Assini were fanned.

It is important to note, and easy to verify in these very Blog pages that Louise Slaughter, Congresswoman from the 25th District of New York was pressing for a Photonics IMI since the Obama Administration first announced the program.  We can also verify from personal experience – we were actually there numerous times, both in New York and in Washington DC– that Slaughter not only advocated persistently for the Photonics IMI and the National Photonics Initiative, but was well-aware of Congressmen Joe Kennedy’s and Tom Reed’s bi-partisan Revitalize American Manufacturing Industries (RAMI) bill.  New York Photonics member EMF Corporation hosted a press conference for Reed in Ithaca with both New York Photonics and OSA that year.

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Slaughter is correct in stating that RAMI dollars were being directed to NIST, the managing entity for all IMI’s within the Department of Commerce, and that pursuing that funding rather than DoD funding was a long shot for the Photonics IMI.  She remained focused upon the DoD funding for a photonics institute.  The RAMI dollars have still not been allocated nor has a request for additional IMI proposals been issued from NIST.  New York Photonics and National Photonics Initiative partners OSA and SPIE were all pressing for the RAMI act and Slaughter was well-aware.  She remained focused upon the most important priority: a Photonics IMI for New York.

Slaughter’s opponent has been using the photonics industry as his whipping post since Congresswoman Slaughter has advocated for it for so long.  It isn’t appreciated.  The industry supports one in 14 families in the region and employs 16,000 people.  Slaughter deserves credit for her tireless advocacy on behalf of our industry.

“Politicians are a territorial lot. That is to say, they like to take credit for things — or deny credit to others — particularly if it is an election year, and those things involve money and jobs.

For Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, credit for landing the AIM Photonics initiative — a federally backed, $600 million public-private partnership promising to create an innovation and manufacturing hub in Rochester — is at the center of her answer to the question: What have you done for me lately?

Then along came Gates town Supervisor Mark Assini, saying he wanted to clarify the record during their 25th Congressional District debate last week, and tossing the credit to Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.”

Plain and simple: Slaughter deserves the credit.  The RAMI / Reed distraction is smoke and mirrors.

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AIM Photonics All-Institute Meeting In June

May 17, 2016

There will be an “All-Institute” meeting of AIM Photonics in Rochester on June 9th and 10th.
The meeting will be held at the Strathallan Hotel 550 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607.

This meeting is for Institute Partners ONLY.  If you do not have a signed AIM Non-Disclosure agreement you will not be able to attend.

The meeting is intended to provide:

  • An over view of Markets and Technology
  • An overview of Emerging Technology Solutions
  • An update of the State of AIM Photonics
  • An opportunity to provide input
  • A forum to discuss teaming opportunities
  • An overview of KTMA and MCE 2017 targets along with Project proposal updates

Contact Ed White for more information.

New York Photonics SME’s Convene for AIM Photonics Update

December 16, 2015

38 representatives from New York Photonics Optics, Photonics and Imaging companies convened on Monday,  December 14th to discuss the role of small and medium-sized businesses (SME’s) in AIM Photonics.  AIM Photonics is one of the key institutes in president Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.  Vice President Joe Biden was in Rochester to announce AIM Photonics on July 27th, 2015.

The meeting was hosted by New York Photonics, and included representatives from RIT and the University of Rochester, who both gave presentations.

Several New York Photonics companies signed NDA’s and support letters for the AIM Photonics application and have been looking for a conduit to connect with the Institute.  New York Photonics, New York State’s Photonics industry representation organization for over 15 years,  also signed an NDA and support letter for the AIM application, and has been seeking to connect with the Institute on behalf of New York State’s SME’s as component suppliers, manufacturing experts, R&D centers, optics & photonics education experts and commercialization partners.

Participants at the meeting were enthusiastic about working with AIM going forward on efforts around micro-optics, interposer materials and technologies, sensors and custom devices for specific industries.

>>AIM SME Meeting Presentation<<

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Photonics: What? Why? How? Rochester is freaking out for photonics. But what is it?

October 1, 2015

Rochester is undeniably excited about photonics, even if much of the community doesn’t know what it is.

But there’s good reason for the buzz, since Rochester will be the heart of a national initiative to build an integrated photonics industry from the ground up. The Department of Defense is keen on integrated photonics, which basically weds ultra-high-tech optical systems with high-tech electronics. It’s putting approximately $115 million into the initiative, known as the American Institute for Manufacturing Photonics.

The DOD solicited proposals from across the country, and a contingent led by SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, University of Rochester, and Rochester Institute of Technology submitted the winning application. The pitch included an additional $250-million investment from New York State; a $250-million investment from the photonics industry, research universities, and other states; and a headquarters in Rochester — a region with a long, pioneering history in photonics’ twin field of optics.

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NYPhotonics Supports Leadership Statement

August 19, 2015

New York Photonics Cluster Endorses Leadership Accord 

ROCHESTER, NY, August 18, 2015 – New York Photonics, based in Rochester, NY, endorses the leadership statement issued today by SUNY Polytechnic Institute President and CEO Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros and University of Rochester President and CEO Joel Seligman.

We salute the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo for convening New York’s “Dream Team” and supporting his vision with a major investment.

We thank Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) for her unflagging support of the Photonics NMI effort during the past four years. We thank New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for their support as well.

Thanks also are due to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (NY-136) for his determination and support.

The leadership and collaboration that made the AIM Photonics proposal a winner deserve high praise. This includes Dr. Kaloyeros and his team at SUNY Polytech; Joel Seligman and his team at the University of Rochester; President William Destler and his team at RIT, and many, many others.

And finally, once again we thank our partners in the National Photonics Initiative that worked so hard to make this opportunity possible.

It is gratifying to see the collaborative spirit reignited among New York partners with today’s Joint Leadership Statement. We are eager to move forward with the world-class innovation and leading edge manufacturing capabilities that won this proposal. This investment will pay dividends, not only for the Department of Defense in the best integrated photonics technology for U.S. national security, but also for New York Photonics researchers and manufacturers for many years to come.

About New York Photonics

New York Photonics is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote and enhance the New York State Optics, Photonics and Imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government. Our world-class companies and research universities are first in innovation in Optics, Photonics and Imaging Science.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact New York Photonics Executive Director Tom Battley at (585) 329-4029 or email at tbattley@newyorkphotonics.org.