II‐VI Incorporated of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reported that it has opened the company’s new compoundsemi material center of excellence in Champaign, Illinois. The company intends to produce compoundsemi epitaxial wafers at the new plant. II-VI notes that its products serve growing markets in applications such as 3D sensing, optical networking, wireless communications, and power electronics.
The company began construction for the expansion, in November 2016. Since then, II-VI says it has continued to actively recruit managers, technicians, and engineers to join its team. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was present at the opening ceremony for the new facility.
Quesnell Hartmann, general manager and II-VI EpiWorks co-founder, stated, “The completion of this phase in our expansion provides us with the critical infrastructure to scale our production, advance our technology and enable us to serve the rapidly growing demand from our global customer base.”
“II-VI and the State of Illinois have formed a strong partnership, sharing a vision that businesses with leading-edge technology and advanced manufacturing capabilities are the most competitive over the long-term,” said Dr. Chuck Mattera, president, and CEO, II-VI Incorporated.“With support from Illinois, we expect to continue to invest in this Champaign facility, by adding state-of-the-art manufacturing capacity, improving process capabilities, broadening the product portfolio and recruiting and developing a lot of talent to fill the anticipated growth in jobs and opportunities for career growth.”