GlobalFoundries

Director of Corporate Communication Jason Gorss confirmed Friday, "a small number of fab tools were impacted by a computer virus."
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A computer virus recently infected a number of manufacturing tools at the GlobalFoundries plant in Essex Junction, a company spokesman confirmed Friday evening.

GlobalFoundries has won a contract to produce computer chips for the defense department at two plants it acquired last year from IBM.

Representatives of GlobalFoundries, the chipmaker that purchased the IBM plant in Essex Junction, visited the Statehouse Thursday.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced that the state will test additional manufacturing sites around Vermont for PFOA, a suspected carcinogen that's been found in North Bennington and Pownal.

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A fund created nearly two years ago amid fears the IBM plant in Essex Junction would be closed or sold has been generating a lot of debate this week.

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Earlier this year, the chipmaker GlobalFoundries took over the former IBM plant in Essex Junction. Now there’s talk that GlobalFoundries itself might be sold.

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GlobalFoundries has invested $2 billion this year alone in its sprawling Fab 8 micro-chip manufacturing facility in Malta, New York.

By comparison, the company has invested less than 3 percent of that amount - $55 million - in a recently completed project at its plant in Essex Junction.

But at a company event in Malta this week a GlobalFoundries executive said the Vermont plant plays a critical role in the company’s sustainability.

Director of Corporate Communication Jason Gorss confirmed Friday, "a small number of fab tools were impacted by a computer virus."
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GlobalFoundries is offering voluntary buyouts to some employees at the company's Essex Junction facility formerly owned by IBM.

According to the Albany Business Review,  company spokesman Jason Gorss says the buyouts, which also include former IBM employees in upstate New York, is a response to a decline in the semiconductor industry.

The paper says Gorss declined to say how many jobs the company is trying to eliminate.

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The long-time IBM microelectronics plant in Essex Junction officially belongs to GlobalFoundries.

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If you’re looking for a job, the IBM plant in Essex could be looking for you. On Thursday, the Vermont Department of Labor is holding a job fair in Burlington for IBM.

The company is hiring for about 100 positions that will later be transferred over to GlobalFoundries, the company that’s set to take over IBM’s chip-making division once the deal is finalized. But exactly how long will these jobs stay in Vermont?

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The lawmakers who have taken an oath to represent their constituents are the only ones who vote on legislation, but they’re not the only ones making things happen in the Statehouse every spring – and they’re definitely not the highest-paid.

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The sale of IBM’s chip making division, including the company’s Essex plant is being scrutinized by federal officials. 

The review is standard where there is foreign ownership of a company that has defense industry contracts. 

IBM has earned a Trusted Foundry designation from the Department of Defense as a secure source of products used in defense and intelligence applications. 

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Young Vermonters often leave the state in search of higher-paying opportunities in big cities, but increasingly, tech and engineering jobs are available right here.

At Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium, job seekers showed up with resumes in hand, and companies were ready to greet them.

Much has been said about Burlington’s growing tech industry, and nowhere did it seem more robust than the eighth annual Vermont Tech Jam.

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The deal between IBM and GlobalFoundries for IBM’s chip manufacturing and sales divisions doesn’t fit the traditional definition of the word “sale.” In a sale, the money goes to one party and some asset or commodity goes to the other.