GloFo looks to Dallas for help
MALTA With employment approaching 1,800 at Fab 8, GlobalFoundries is still hiring.
The semiconductor manufacturing giant will be recruiting next week in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for jobs at its $7 billion Luther Forest semiconductor plant.
Texas Instruments, a leading technology employer around the Dallas area, has announced plans to lay off hundreds of its semiconductor employees, potentially giving GlobalFoundries a chance to hire experienced workers.
“In order to support our growing global operations, we are currently recruiting in the Dallas area to fill new positions at the company’s Fab 8 facility in upstate New York,” GlobalFoundries officials said in an online announcement.
The recruitment summit will take place Dec. 4-6 in Dallas. The company will be hiring managers for technology development, design enablement, and for Fab 8. After an introductory program Dec. 4, there will be two days of candidate interviews.
“We’ve done similar events over the past couple of years locally and in cities that have experienced semiconductor professionals,” said GlobalFoundries spokesman Travis Bullard.
GlobalFoundries, which is headquartered in Malpitas, Calif., has semiconductor fabrication factories in Singapore and Dresden, Germany, and is now starting commercial production at Fab 8 in the Luther Forest Technology Campus, its only U.S. factory.
GlobalFoundries had only a handful of local employees when work started on Fab 8 in 2009, but the company has been hiring at a rapid rate ever since, with a combination of local hires and people recruited from elsewhere.
“We currently have about 1,800 direct employees at Fab 8 and are still recruiting for some open positions,” Bullard said.
There could be more hiring coming. The company has announced plans for a semiconductor research and development center at the plant complex, though there’s no schedule for construction yet. It could provide several hundred more jobs.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area has a concentration of high-tech manufacturing companies including Texas Instruments, Sony and Samsung.
Texas Instruments, which employs about 35,000 worldwide and 9,100 people in north Texas, announced Nov. 14 that it would be laying off 1,700 people over the next year, including about 500 in the Dallas area. The move results from the company leaving the smartphone chip industry to focus on other areas.
Fab 8 already has strong associations with Texas. Much of Fab 8’s start-up team came from the Austin area, where Advanced Micro Devices — GlobalFoundries’ original parent company — had significant operations.