Mesa expands his Tech District for a new semiconductor manufacturing facility

News Summary:

  • The facility, located near Germann and Crimson roads southeast of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, will manufacture sputtering targets for semiconductors and supply North American and European industries.

  • JX Nippon Mining & Metals USA, Inc. purchased $29 million worth of land in April for its new facility, which is expected to be operational in early 2024, the city of Mesa said in a press release.

“We are proud to advance our commitment to electronic materials manufacturing in the city of Mesa,” Masago Kuwabaram, the company’s president and CEO, said in the release. “With an outstanding team of designers and engineers and a product strategy, we expect today to be just the beginning of a long-standing presence in this dynamic city.”

The facility is expected to create 100 jobs by 2025, according to the release.

The 273,000-square-foot facility will include a large manufacturing area, office, social amenities and a garden.

“We are excited about JX Nippon’s plans to make Mesa the new location for its sputtering target business in the U.S.,” Mayor John Giles said in the release. “JX’s investment and commitment to Mesa is further evidence of the desire of leading advanced technology manufacturers to grow their businesses in our city.”

The new site is expected to double production at the existing Chandler plant, which opened in 1990.

The semiconductor industry is booming in the Valley, led by two multibillion-dollar projects. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is building a huge fab in north Phoenix, and Intel is expanding its microchip production in Chandler.