II-VI to expand operations, add up to 100 jobs in Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE – Officials from the Wide Bandgap Materials division of II-VI Inc. said Monday is expanding its operations in two phases at Mississippi State University’s Research Park in order to meet growing market demand for silicon carbide, or SiC, wafers for next-generation electronic devices. The project is an $18 million investment by the company and will create up to 100 new high-tech jobs.
MSU’s Research Technology Corp. is building a new 20,000-square-foot facility in its Research Park, with 10,000 square feet of it to be used separately by II-VI.
The Mississippi Development Authority provided help through the Momentum Mississippi Incentives program and the Job Protection Grant program. For the second phase of this expansion, the city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County jointly are building a publicly-owned, 20,000-square-foot facility in which II-VI employees will be involved in the company’s expanding crystal growth operations.
For the second phase of the project, MDA is helping the city and county to build the facility. The Tennessee Valley Authority also is providing loan assistance.

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