II-VI EpiWorks facility opens in Champaign
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to mark the opening of a manufacturing facility expansion in Champaign expected to quadruple the production of products necessary for consumer electronics.
The facility, which is an expansion of II-VI EpiWorks, will produce high-performance compound semiconductor material, according to a press release from the state.
“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,” Dr. Chuck Mattera, president and CEO of II-VI Inc., said in the release. “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 is a subsidiary of II-VI Inc. and was founded by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Micro+Nanotechnology Lab (MNTL) faculty and graduate students.
“This expansion is a showcase for the value of partnerships between local industry, strong university systems and state government,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in the release. “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.”