Leonardo to build new US photonics fab

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By Nick Flaherty

The US subsidiary of Italian electronics giant Leonardo is building a $100m semiconductor laser fabrication plant in Arizona.

Leonardo Electronics US Inc. (LEI) has purchased 12 acres in Oro Valley, north of Tucson, and is planning the construction of a state-of-the-art semiconductor laser manufacturing facility.

LEI has been present in the Tucson region since 2009, through Lasertel, and the company has outgrown its current facility. The new Innovation Park location will comprise approximately 120,000 square feet of manufacturing and administrative offices with construction starting at the end of Q1, 2022.

The full expansion over five years will add an additional 170 jobs to the 200 at the current Tucson facility, primarily in engineering, production and quality control. The total capital investment will be approximately $100 million, resulting in a total economic impact of $374 million over the next decade.

“This new larger facility will support our business growth across all key market segments,” said Matthew Keegan, president & CEO, Leonardo Electronics US Inc. “We ultimately selected Innovation Park in Oro Valley due to its proximity to our existing employee base and exceptional talent in the region, which is one of the leading photonics technology hubs in the country.”

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