Sunday, December 16, 2007

AMIS Moonrise

The recent news (Dec. 13, 2007) that the local chip manufacturer AMI, or more correctly, AMIS, is going to be sold to another semiconductor company came as a shock to Pocatello. AMI is the city's largest private employer, and has been around for 4 decades, making it almost as old as the integrated circuit itself.

AMI is considered a good corporate citizen, paying its taxes, keeping clean relative to other factories, and involved in all facets of Pocatello life including cultural activities, charities, and education. We hope the new owner keeps the existing facilities here.

This photo was taken in November.

1 comment: said...

I just saw your post and I hope that ON Semiconductor keeps its manufacturing in Idaho. I worked for Cherry Semiconductor and ON told us they were going to keep manufacturing here and they after 5years, they moved production to Europe. Cherry Semiconductor was around since the since 1977 and was sold to ON in 2000. By 2005, all manufacturing ceased and a total of 800 people lost their jobs. ON just wanted our parts and customers for their product portfolio. I hear they have already started to layof at the AMIS plant. Not good news. I think ON is up to their usual tricks. Lets see how long before that plant is shut down.