Biden visited Syracuse and said America could become the manufacturing capital of the world. | So Good News
President Joe Biden visited Syracuse on Thursday to celebrate a $100 billion investment by semiconductor and chip company Micron Technology in downtown New York.
If there was a theme to Thursday’s Micron event at Onondaga Community College, it might have been “hope.”
“How do you spell ‘hope’ in New York? It’s a MICRON,” said Administrator Kathy Hochul. It spells ‘hope’. MICRON We thank you.”
Hochul said the partnership with Micron turns the page on a new New York era.
“We don’t need to be Silicon Valley or the Triangle in North Carolina,” Hochul said. “This is not just the Chips Corridor. This is the country of chips. This is New York State. We’re going to build it here in New York.”
A Syracuse University Law School graduate, Biden was welcomed back to Syracuse by a crowd to celebrate one of the largest investments in American history. Micron’s investment will ensure a Made in America future, he said.
“One of the bright spots across the country, it should give us optimism and hope for who we are as a people,” Biden said. “It’s part of a broader story about the economy we’re building and one that works for everyone. [It] Positioning America to win the economic competition of the 21st century. And that’s not an exaggeration. Literally an accurate statement.”
The president continued to emphasize the “Made in America” mindset, saying his administration has created 700,000 manufacturing jobs so far.
“Where is it written that the United States cannot be the manufacturing capital of the world?” Biden said. “Think about it. no To be honest. Where in the hell does it say we can’t be the manufacturing capital of the world as we’ve heard it for the past 25 years?
Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra received a standing ovation before and after his remarks. He said that once the Micron factory is fully built, it will produce nearly four billion chips a year, each chip containing billions of pieces of information.
“The fabs we’re building here at Clay will be an important part of Micron’s global manufacturing network, creating leading-edge memory chips for use in the most demanding electronic applications around the world,” said Mehrotra. “Clay, New York can proudly say that they are home to some of the most advanced manufacturing in the world.”
Biden said he has never been more optimistic about America’s future.
“We use the word transformative all the time,” Biden said. “But this is a transition and it’s not just here. But this is mainly here, so I want to thank you all. This is a great day for Central New York. But it’s also a big day for the United States. I thought of my grandfather and said, ‘By the grace of God and the good will of our neighbors, we are on our way without a brook rising.’
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who helped lead the charge on CHIPS and the Science Bill, said Biden’s legacy is forever secure in Syracuse.
“Syracuse has always been part of President Biden’s history,” Schumer said. “But now, because of the president’s leadership, Mr. President has changed the history of Syracuse forever. This is a good day for upstate New York. A great day for America.”