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Dutch Chip Machine Builder to Invest $200M in US Branch Expansion; Commerce Department’s Don Graves Quoted

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Dutch company ASML plans to invest $200 million to expand its facility in Wilton, Connecticut, for the development of chipmaking machinery.

The U.S. Department of Commerce said Tuesday it expects the expansion project at ASML Wilton, which is the company’s largest research and development and manufacturing site in the country, to generate as many as 1,000 jobs in the next couple of years.

“Semiconductors power everything from our homes and cars to lifesaving military and medical technology,” said Don Graves, deputy secretary of commerce.

“ASML is a valued member of the coalition of private sector companies from around the globe who are choosing the United States as their home for semiconductors, and for that, we are immensely grateful.”

The company employs approximately 2,000 personnel at its Wilton facility and spent $100 million on offices, laboratories and cleanrooms there.

ASML’s investment plan came as members of Congress are considering a bill that would inject $52 billion into domestic semiconductor R&D and production efforts.

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