Overwhelming demand to attend job fair for Nano Utica

Apr 28, 2014

Registration for a job fair to work at the new nano technology facility in Utica had to be cut off several days early because there was too much demand for the 300 open positions.

The job fair for the QUAD-C computer chip center on the campus of the SUNY Institute of Technology is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. But after 1,500 people had registered by Thursday, organizers cut it off.

Fifteen hundred in the total number of jobs state officials have promised the new complex will create. The jobs range from maintenance staff to engineers, according to RoAnn Destito, commissioner of the state’s Office of General Services.

"We understand that there might be position that might come from further away, but we’re looking for this job fair to be for people in this area," she said.

Destito said due to the high interest, they’ll schedule a second job fair.

The QUAD-C project is supposed to merge SUNY resources with private companies. The complex is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

"We will probably see employment begin soon after they get access to the inside of the building, which is supposed to be completed by the end of the year," she said. "So I would say in the last quarter of this year, there will be people being hired."

SUNY-IT, in Utica, recently announced it will merge with SUNY’s college of nanoscale science campus in Albany.