JMA Wireless: Syracuse Bets on Tech Winner to Conquer 5G and Boost a Forgotten Neighborhood

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Syracuse, N.Y. — JMA Wireless founder and CEO John Mezzalingua says his company is on the cusp of transforming the behind-the-scenes technology that’s a key part of making smartphones work.

To move the company forward on that front, he’s building Syracuse’s first major factory in decades in one of city’s poorest, most neglected neighborhoods.

JMA’s 5G components factory is scheduled to open on Tallman Street on Syracuse’s South Side the week of Feb. 28. The $50 million facility will employ 200 people in a section of the city where jobs are hard to come by.

But Mezzalingua said that’s just the start of the company’s expansion on the South Side. More buildings and jobs are planned as the company turns the site into a “5G campus” over the coming years, he said.

“This will be the only U.S.-owned 5G manufacturing facility in the country, and we are thrilled that we can do this right here in Syracuse,” he said after giving a tour of the new building to The Post-Standard | “This is so exciting for JMA, it’s exciting for the city of Syracuse and there’s a lot of excitement in the wireless industry in general.”

The surrounding South Side neighborhood is plagued with boarded-up storefronts and homes, save for the pockets that community housing groups and residents have worked to improve. The three-story former Sears store, closed since 1974, sits empty a block away.


Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO, Syracuse’s primary economic development organization, sees the company’s investment as the beginning of a resurgence for the South Side, much the way downtown Syracuse has seen its fortunes rise with the redevelopment of many vacant and underutilized buildings in recent years.


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Jan 11th 2022