Official: AMD staffing to be greater than thought

The planned Advanced Micro Devices plant here will employ about 1,465 people, or 250 more than previ
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The planned Advanced Micro Devices plant here will employ about 1,465 people, or 250 more than previously thought, a company official said Monday night.

“The staffing will be greater than we originally anticipated,” said Terry Caudell, project manager for the AMD’s proposed $3.2 billion computer chip factory, planned for the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

He also said the company has drawn up plans for up to three chip plants in Luther Forest, which could mean total employment in the future of nearly 4,500 people. Two would be in the Malta part of the campus, and one in Stillwater.

AMD hasn’t made a final commitment to build any of the plants, but on Monday it filed a request for zoning amendments and an environmental impact review with the Malta Town Board.

Under a $1.2 billion incentive package from the state announced in 2006, AMD has until July 2009 to break ground. The grant agreement says the company will guarantee 1,205 jobs, and that was the previous publicly discussed estimate.

The applications filed Monday are in keeping with their timetable, company officials said.

“We are moving ahead to do everything we can to meet our commitments under the grant dispersal agreement,” Caudell said.

Matthew Jones of Saratoga Springs, AMD’s local lawyer, told the Town Board the company would like permission to start clearing land and preparing the site for construction this summer, and to have all approvals to qualify for a building permit by Jan. 1.

Town officials expect an extensive review over the coming months.

“It’s the beginning of a process reviewing an application that will lead to the landing of AMD in the town of Malta,” said Town Supervisor Paul J. Sausville.

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