Schumer, Deputy Commerce Secretary Visit JMA Wireless; Discuss Region’s Technology Push
Posted on January 25, 2022
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The new 5G (fifth generation) manufacturing facility that JMA Wireless built at 140 Cortland Ave. in Syracuse (just south of downtown) will be opening soon.
The JMA Wireless facility, which will open in the next month, “will be the only U.S.-owned 5G manufacturing facility in the country,” John Mezzalingua, CEO of JMA Wireless, said on Monday.
“We are energized by what that means because this country used to be a leader in wireless technology, but the U.S. has not played a meaningful role in wireless technology in the last two decades,” Mezzalingua said.
The JMA facility will manufacture all of the firm’s 5G equipment. It’ll employ more than 200 people in the Syracuse location, in addition to the 500 people employed at 7645 Henry Clay Blvd. in Clay.
Mezzalingua spoke inside his firm’s new facility as it hosted U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) and U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves.
Besides JMA Wireless’ effort in manufacturing 5G equipment, Schumer also noted that CenterState CEO is also working to get Central New York designated as a tech hub.
His office announced in mid-December that CenterState CEO will use a $500,000 federal grant to develop its proposal to expand the region’s semiconductor industry and the existing unmanned-aircraft systems (UAS) and quantum-computing industries.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) selected CenterState’s Smart Systems Cluster project as a finalist and phase 1 award recipient for investment through the American Rescue Plan’s (ARPA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge.
As a finalist, the project will have the exclusive opportunity to compete for up to a $100 million federal award through the EDA to implement the proposed projects.
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