Central NY sheet metal workers building world’s largest silicon carbide plant

Published: May 19, 2021

Cree Inc. is building the world’s largest silicon carbide device manufacturing facility, and it is being built in SMART SM Local 58’s (Syracuse and Central NY State) jurisdiction in Marcy, N.Y.

The company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of LED lighting and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency applications. Cree invested $1 billion to match a $500-million grant from New York State to build the world’s largest silicon carbide manufacturing plant. Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices.

Site grading started in the fourth quarter of 2019, building construction commenced in the rst quarter of 2020 and building completion and clean room move in are scheduled for the second quarter of 2021 with 18 more buildings that will be going up on this site in addition to the two under construction.

Currently, Local 58 has 80 members working on this over $10 million sheet metal project. Half of those are SMART members who have traveled in from around the country to lend a hand completing this phase of construction.

John W Danforth Company currently has the sheet metal portion of this project with some fabrication assistance from Adirondack Sheet Metal (Both are signatory with Local 58). Titan Roong secured the roong contract for both buildings on site. Thanks to the Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council this project has gone 98% union even without the presence of a Project Labor Agreement.

Currently Local 58 has 80 members working on this over $10 million sheet metal project. Half of those are SMART members who have traveled in from around the country to lend a hand completing this phase of construction.

Local 58’s Business Manager Tony Castrello states that “a project of this size in Local 58’s jurisdiction has really helped make work easier for his staff (Business Representative Mike Moran and Organizer Jeff Foster) when it comes to recruiting new members from open shops within the area.

Castrello added that “Local 58 appreciates every sister and brother that has traveled from around the country to give us a hand with this enormous project and in making it a success.”