BATAVIA – A delegation of state legislators, development officials and labor union leaders will converge at 10 a.m. today at the Legislative Office Building in Albany to seek approval for STAMP, an acronym for what promises to be the largest business development in Genesee County’s history.
They want the state to provide $33 million for the development of the WNY Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Plant. It envisions high-tech production of computer chips, solar panels and semi-conductors on a 1,200-acre site in the Town of Alabama.
The operation – about five miles from a Thruway interchange – would in the next decade or two employ 9,000 high-salaried technical workers in a town with 2000 residents. Acreage in the site at State Route 77 and Judge Road is now being acquired by the county’s Economic Development Center with a goal to be “shovel ready” when prospects are sought.
State legislators have joined blue-collar labor leaders in seeking additional state money. The state already invested $9 million toward land purchases and some infrastructure preparations.
The Economic Development Center says 23 unions representing construction and trades from iron workers to bricklayers are supporting additional help.
The site’s present-day farms, forests and wetlands are bordered by the Tonawanda Indian Reservation and federal and state wildlife refuges.