Edwards to build dry vacuum pump plant in New York

Edwards, part of the Atlas Copco Group, is building a new manufacturing facility in Genesee County, New York, USA for dry vacuum pumps used in the manufacture of semiconductors.

The new site will be in the Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (WNY STAMP). Phase one will be a US$127 million project to construct a state-of-the-art 240 000 sq ft manufacturing facility. Over the next seven years, the project is expected to reach US$319 million and create around 600 jobs.

The factory is planned to be fully operational in late 2024 and will provide an addition in capacity to Edwards’ existing dry pump factories.

“Against a backdrop of growing demand, clearly showing a greater need for investment in manufacturing capabilities that are located close to our customers, we continue to commit to significant investment in our operational footprint,” said Geert Follens, Atlas Copco’s Vacuum Technique Business Area president. “We look forward to welcoming many new US employees into the Atlas Copco Group culture of lifelong learning and innovation.”

This new investment represents an increase in local production to support Edwards’ US customers and ensure the supply chain capacity needed in the semiconductor industry. It will also enable a significant reduction in the carbon emissions arising from international freight.

“I am thrilled to welcome Edwards’s new manufacturing facility and its 600 new jobs to Western New York and commend them for this significant investment and expansion at the STAMP campus,” said US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“I am excited to welcome Edwards Vacuum to Genesee County and look forward to working with them, as well as our local, state, and federal partners, as they make New York their home,” said New York State Governor Kathy Hochul.

The new facility is planned to align with the LEED green building certification system and will be powered using 100% renewable energy sources.