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The company that purchased the IBM microchip plants in Vermont and New York is offering voluntary buyouts to many employees in response to a downturn in the industry.


Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the sale of IBM's micro-chip manufacturing facility in Essex Junction to manufacturer GlobalFoundries has received federal approval and has been finalized.

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Some in Saratoga County are praising the recent deal between computer chip manufacturer Global Foundries and IBM, saying that it could bring more economic opportunity to the region.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the IBM-GlobalFoundries deal and an Albany Common Council Vote on red-light cameras in the capital city.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was surrounded by Vermont business and political leaders at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce headquarters to discuss the announcement by IBM early today that it will sell its semiconductor chip manufacturing business — including its plant in Essex Junction, Vermont and another in the Hudson Valley — to Global Foundries.

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Pink slips were distributed at IBM facilities across the globe today, and workers at the Essex Junction plant in Vermont were among those losing their jobs.

NY Plans Free Associate's Degree For 6,000

Sep 2, 2013
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New York officials say 16 new partnerships between state colleges, public schools and private companies will result in 6,000 students earning associate's degrees at no cost to their families and put them at the front of the line for those companies' skilled jobs in manufacturing, information technology and health care.

The so-called P-TECH model follows IBM's Pathways in Technology Early College High School program in New York City.

According to the governor's office, pending negotiation of each applicant's budget, they will enroll their first class in September 2014.

IBM Okays Vermont's Disclosure Of Layoff Numbers

Jul 18, 2013
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IBM has informed the Vermont Department of Labor that it will not object to the department’s disclosure of the total number of employees impacted by recent layoffs.

After Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan urged IBM to grant permission by noon Thursday, Noonan says IBM has complied.


Vermont officials are urging IBM to release the number of layoffs at its plant in Essex Junction, but the company claims state law allows the information to remain confidential.


A new scientific research project is bringing together IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Fund for Lake George to assure the ecological and economic future of Lake George and create the “smartest” lake in the world.