Feature Photo: Aerial view of Building 2 at the GlobiTech facility in Sherman. Image: globitech.com
Sherman (Grayson County) – Hsinchu, Taiwan-based global semiconductor silicon wafer company, GlobalWafers, recently announced that it plans to build a $5 billion state-of-the-art 300-millimeter silicon wafer factory at its Sherman location.
The facility will be the first of its kind in the country in over 20 years with construction expected to start in September .
This 300-millimeter greenfield investment is consistent with the company’s announcement of expansion. The investment could also support as many as 1,500 jobs as 300-millimeter silicon wafers are the starting material for all advanced semiconductor fabrication sites (or fabs), including recently announced U.S, expansions by GlobalFoundries, Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments and TSMC.
Most of these wafers are currently manufactured in Asia, forcing the U.S. semiconductor industry to highly rely on imported silicon wafers. This investment will represent the first new silicon wafer facility in the U.S. in over two decades and close a critical semiconductor supply chain gap.
GlobalWafers Chairman/CEO Doris Hsu stated: “With the global chips shortage and ongoing geopolitical concerns, GlobalWafers is taking this opportunity to address the United States semiconductor supply chain resiliency issue by building an advanced node, state-of-the-art, 300-millimeter silicon wafer factory. Instead of importing wafers from Asia, GlobalWafers USA (GWA) will produce and supply wafers locally thereby reducing significant carbon footprint benefitting both customers and GWA in the current ESG tide worldwide.”
“Sherman has spent years building a business-friendly climate and laying the groundwork to support large employers,” said David Plyer, mayor of Sherman. “Now, for the second time in less than a year, that investment has paid huge dividends. GlobalWafers’ decision to locate their state-of-the-art, semiconductor silicon wafer facility in Sherman will meet a critical industry need and cement our city’s status as a center of high-tech manufacturing, not only in Texas, but across the country. I want to thank GlobalWafers for their investment in Sherman and for the trust they have placed in our local leadership. This project will provide profound benefits for our citizens, our city and Grayson County for decades to come.”
Production from the first fab is anticipated as early as 2025, according to the company.
GlobalWafers will use the new North Texas site to address the silicon wafer shortage, which has contributed to the semiconductor or “chips” crisis. The company’s business is unprecedented and continues to sell out future output, including the volumes anticipated from this new site.
“This announcement is another critical step in addressing the U.S. and global chips supply issue,” commented Sherman-based GlobalWafers President Mark England. “Moreover, in order to level the global incentive playing field, the impending passage of the US CHIPS Act will be instrumental in ensuring ongoing semiconductor investments of this kind. With the proper level of federal incentives, I can envision the City of Sherman developing into the complete semiconductor ecosystem to fully support the growing U.S. semiconductor industry.”
VBX Project ID: 2022-4B02
Edited from news release.