CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (May 15, 2018) – Gov. Bruce Rauner, along with leaders of II-VI EpiWorks, local leaders and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), cut the ribbon to open a manufacturing facility expansion that will quadruple production of products that enable some of the most exciting new consumer electronics in the world.
EpiWorks’ state-of-the-art facility is a center of manufacturing excellence for compound semiconductors that makes epitaxial wafer products that are distributed worldwide and provides jobs that are boosting the local economy.
“This expansion is a showcase for the value of partnerships between local industry, strong university systems and state government,” Rauner said. “U of I graduates made EpiWorks, our talent pool drives their success and our EDGE Act credits helped make the expansion possible. The result is a globally competitive semiconductor company with a really bright future.”
“EpiWorks is a great business partner,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “They appreciate Illinois’ assets and they are totally invested in the Champaign community. We look forward to supporting their investment in our economy and our people.”
“II-VI and the State of Illinois have formed a strong partnership, sharing a vision that businesses with leading edge technology and advanced manufacturing capabilities are the most competitive over the long-term,” said Dr. Chuck Mattera, President and CEO, II-VI Incorporated. “With support from Illinois, we expect to continue to invest in this Champaign facility, by adding state-of-the-art manufacturing capacity, improving process capabilities, broadening the product portfolio and recruiting and developing a lot of talent to fill the anticipated growth in jobs and opportunities for career growth.”
II-VI EpiWorks, a subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated, was founded by faculty and graduate students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Micro+Nanotechnology Lab (MNTL). II-VI EpiWorks has committed to keeping the company in Illinois and to help make the university the center for semiconductor research, commercialization and manufacturing.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has one of the leading science and engineering programs in the country.
II-VI Epiworks launched an aggressive plan to hire experienced managers, engineers and technicians to run the facility and ensure the company’s position in the compound semiconductor global industry. The company hopes to benefit by recruiting from the local tech graduate market.
The facility currently employs 111 and it is expected to hire more tech personnel.
“On behalf of II-VI, I would like to express my thanks to the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity for its ongoing support and unwavering commitment to our success,” said Quesnell Hartmann, General Manager and co-founder of II-VI EpiWorks. “The completion of this phase in our expansion provides us with the critical infrastructure to scale our production, advance our technology, and enable us to serve the rapidly growing demand from our global customer base.”