Applied Materials, an advanced semiconductor manufacturing company is establishing their third plant in Montana. The purpose of setting up a new facility is to cater the growing demand of electronics. In addition, the establishment of new manufacturing facility is likely to create 200 new jobs.

Operations to start in June

The semiconductor equipment manufacturer plans to start moving materials into the new location at the beginning of the June. Recently, Applied Materials held the inauguration ceremony for their new facility in Evergreen, Montana. The company purchased a long-vacant department store outside Kalispell, Montana. Moreover, they are expecting to begin their manufacturing operations at 100,000 square foot facility in June this year.

Governor Greg Gianforte today welcomed Applied Materials’ major expansion in Montana. “We’re thrilled that Applied Materials continues to invest in Montana and our workforce, especially with its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which will create 200 good-paying jobs. Montana’s business-friendly environment, unmatched quality of life, and hardworking and talented workforce make our state an ideal place to innovate, create, and do business.” Gov. Greg Gianforte expressed his view at the ground breaking ceremony.

Employment opportunities

The Silicon Valley-based company is expecting to bring 200 new jobs at the new facility in Evergreen area. Initially,  they will be looking to hire manufacturing personnel, engineers, and managers. Moreover, the manufacturing jobs wages will range from $17 an hour to $30 an hour, depending on experience. In addition, there are 50 positions that are currently vacant at their other existing facilities. Currently, the the company is employing around 600 people. Company officials feared that it will be a challenge to find competent resources for the jobs. The semiconductor manufacturing industry are facing ongoing supply chain issues due to Covid-19 shutdowns in China and war in Ukraine. However, Kalispell Mayor Mark Johnson told the Beacon that the city is working to provide additional housing for hundreds of new tech workers.

Recently, the governor welcomed Hyundai Motor Group to Montana for opening a new research, development, and lab center in Bozeman.

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