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DuPont To Build 385K SF Semiconductor Parts Plant In North Delaware


A new manufacturing facility for the semiconductor industry is coming to North Delaware, adding to a pipeline that promises to grow much larger with the passage of the federal CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.

DuPont Semiconductor Technologies will build a $50M, 385K SF plant to make materials necessary in the production of semiconductors in the town of Glasgow, Delaware, the company announced Monday.

Eleven new employees will be hired to staff the facility, for which DuPont will receive a $65K Jobs Performance Grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund, and about 70 current employees will relocate from DuPont's nearby facilities in Newark.

For its capital expenditures, DuPont will also receive a nearly $1.6M grant from the same state fund, but has already committed to financing the rest of production itself without needing federal tax breaks from the CHIPS Act, DuPont spokesperson Rebekah Lazar told Bisnow.

“This expansion prepares us for growth that lies ahead, growth we understand is coming based on [passage of] the CHIPS Act and from conversations with our customers,” Lazar said.

DuPont may still make use of federal funds for future expansion, including the part of its Newark facility that will be freed up when the Glasgow plant opens. The new plant is expected to increase DuPont's capacity for production of a key material component for semiconductors by 20%, Lazar said.

The Glasgow facility is the first phase of the First State Logistics Park, a 149-acre campus on which Chicago-based Logistics Property Co. plans to build over 1M SF of industrial and office space, as reported by Delaware Business Times and confirmed by Bisnow. DuPont will lease the facility from Logistics Property Co. and anticipates taking over for internal fit-out, such as the construction of a clean room, when the landlord completes external construction, Lazar said. 

The facility is currently projected to be operational starting in the first quarter of 2024 based on the expectation that DuPont will start internal fit-out next summer.