Arizona Companies Primed for Growth as Phoenix Becomes National Semiconductor hub

Article originally posted on Phoenix Business Journal on March 29, 2021

Just last week Intel announced a $20 billion investment to build two new semiconductor factories in Chandler and last year Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced plans to create a $12 billion facility in Phoenix.

These international giants have garnered national attention, but Phoenix is home to many other semiconductor companies as well. NXP, ON Semiconductor, Microchip and Broadcom all have employees here.

These large chip-producing companies employ thousands themselves, but they can’t do their work without support from ancillary support companies.

Take Pure Wafer, for example, the country’s largest producer of silicon wafer reclaim products. Semiconductor fabs use hundreds of thousands of wafers each month, but not all of those wafers will be sliced up and used as computer chips.

Pure Wafer makes recycled “sacrificial wafers” used during machine testing and maintenance, which are essential in ensuring quality production of the final chips. The company is based in San Jose, California, but CEO Mark Borowicz said the company does its highest quality manufacturing at its Prescott facility.

Pure Wafer, which employs 250 people, works with TSMC, Intel, Nvidia and many others. Borowicz said the company has been growing steadily for years and the Covid-19 pandemic boosted business even more.

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