Lavielle highlights Wilton business

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) tours the particle-free “clean room” at ASML’s Wilton facility with Bill Amalfitano and Vic Crudo. (Contributed)

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Rep. Lavielle Tours ASML Facility in Wilton


WILTON –State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) recently visited the manufacturing facility operated by ASML in Wilton.  ASML, which styles itself “your favorite tech company’s favorite tech company,” operates the 296,604 square-foot facility at 77 Danbury Rd.

The factory designs and manufactures high-value modules and optical components for ASML, which is a company based in Holland that delivers hardware, software and services used by all the world’s top chipmakers to mass produce patterns on silicon.  At the Wilton facility that employs 1,300 people, engineers manufacture and devote significant research and development to extreme ultraviolet lithography, which is ASML’s patterning technology that enables the creation of thinner circuits on microchips, allowing for smaller chips that hold more data.  These microchips are used by companies worldwide to make common electronic devices like smartphones, computers, and vehicle controls.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) visits General Manager Bill Amalfitano and Facility Director Vic Crudo. (Contributed)

Rep. Lavielle toured the facility with Bill Amalfitano, General Manager and Vice President of the Wilton Factory, and Vic Crudo, Director of the Wilton Factory, Assembly, and Test.  She learned about how ASML uses lithography – a critical manufacturing step in defining the structures that form the electrical circuits on a chip – to shrink transistors on microchips.  She also toured the tightly-controlled “cleanroom” of the facility, where engineers work on critical sub-systems and components shipped to the Netherlands for integration into ASML’s immersion and EUV lithography systems, and metrology tools.

“While many Connecticut businesses have struggled in the past decade, ASML’s steady and consistent growth in Wilton and continuing ability to create so many jobs is a fascinating success story that intrigued me,” said Rep. Lavielle.  “At the same time, ASML actually has difficulty finding enough qualified engineers, advanced machinists, and other technological professionals to fill its employment needs. It is a perfect example of the type of company that our technical schools, community colleges, and universities should be actively working with to develop curricula and programs that prepare students for available jobs with excellent long-term career prospects.”

ASML maintains relationships with several local colleges including UConn, Fairfield University and Norwalk Community College, engaging in joint university research projects and student intern programs. It also partners with the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP) to promote STEM education to middle school students.

“The state Departments of Labor, Education, and Higher Education need to work more closely together to ensure that our educational system is meeting the recruitment needs of businesses in Connecticut and thus helping our students build careers here,” said Rep. Lavielle, who is Ranking Member of the legislature’s Education Committee. “We have just passed a fully bipartisan bill, HB 5448, in the Education Committee that requires tighter, better documented collaboration on this front, and I hope that it will move these efforts forward faster. Aligning educational programs and workforce needs should be a key element in any plan to attract and retain businesses and restore Connecticut’s economy.

“ASML is unique in its field and a force in our local community and in our state.  I look forward to working with the company to help strengthen its relationships with our educational institutions and to ensure that our state makes available to ASML the best possible human resources and a climate where it can continue to thrive for years to come,” added Rep. Lavielle.

State Representative Gail Lavielle represents the 143rd district, which includes parts of Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton. She is the Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the Transportation Committee.

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Rick April 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Hats off to Gail she knows what works , shame our other reps can’t find the time to take time and do the same in Norwalk.

I agree other press releases are negative towards what the city needs for jobs like this.

I think we have Base Ball bats knives and woodworking other than that probably some meth like labs Piberman.

We have rock crushing coming cant fathom its going to be a big employer but the sound of the trucks dumping the rock might just be what Bob Duff was trying to prevent in his national landmark push years ago.

So I doubt when that plant opens Bob will be there with Harry to cut the ribbon. But there must be other places in the city producing something.

Rick April 11, 2018 at 12:30 am

Bob Duff has things to boast as well our city is an awesome drinking hole.

two more bars for the Washington Street downtown Sono

a Public Wine Bar at 88 Washington st

Mexican Kitchen and Bar North main st

Blind Rhino- Donovan’s-Johnny Utah’s-Local Kitchen & Bar-Match Restaurant-

Susan Sweitzer, senior project manager of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, said. the area has been branded as SoNo/ How lovely Susan we all need to thank you , there is no need to have anything else in Sono.

Those 1,300 people at ASML need someplace to drink until the mall opens then what? Yes the mall will open but will have bars and places to drink just like Sono yet free parking and closer to the highway will be better for those having one too many.

So this is Redevelopment along with that work of art you pass at 40 miles an hour on west ave is the best we can do?

Who hired this woman and how much do we pay her ?

Boy Norwalkers must feel proud thank you so much Susan.

So now lets look at progress and something else Bob Duff can highlight for Susuan

A total of 11 establishments had their liquor licenses suspended between November and January by the Connecticut Liquor Control Commission.

liquor licenses suspended between November 2017 and January 2018, according to public information from the Department of Consumer Protection’s Liquor Control Commission.

Suspensions ranging from one to three days and fines between $500 and $1,000 were meted out for various offenses, such as selling liquor to minors, consumption on premise, sanitation and failure to hang permits in plain view.( how nasty is that)

and today I was told the health board works hard to protect the city from dirty places. Tom do a better job its obvious the State has to come do your job what are we paying you for ?

This is why we read NON the other media outlet enjoys to bait the taxpayers with less than the truth while patronizing the city with half the story, Its not objective journalism when you make Susan look good.

No wonder our sewage plant needs an up grade.

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