M+W Zander opens local traning center

FEB. 13–NASHUA, NH–M+W Zander U.S. Operations Inc., which makes computer chip plants, is relocating one of its regional offices from Nashua, N.H., into the Watervliet Arsenal and creating a training center to teach workers how to build high-tech buildings.

M+W Zander was the prime contractor for the state university’s Albany NanoTech NanoFab 300 North building where the new training center will have a component. M+W already has 70 employees at Albany NanoTech and in the 18-county Tech Valley region. By the end of the year, the company, a subsidiary of Germany-based Jenoptik Group, expects to add another 50 employees at the Watervliet site.

The state Assembly will contribute $1.95 million to the project, M+W is spending $2.4 million, the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership will spend $1.95 million, and the U.S. Army is contributing another $1.4 million. M+W credited Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Assemblyman Ron Canestrari (D-Rensselaer) with getting the funds for the project, which will be called the Center for Construction Trades Training.

M+W, a subsidiary of Jenoptik Group, said it would begin the process of locating in the Arsenal as early as Tuesday. The company expects to move in two or three months from now.


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