On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited BRIDG, a not-for-profit, public-private partnership for semiconductor R&D and manufacturing located in Kissimmee. The visit highlighted the importance of U.S. leadership in the semiconductor industry and the need for public-private partnerships such as BRIDG to protect, strengthen, and unify the domestic semiconductor supply chain.

“Central Florida is critical to America’s microelectronics manufacturing supply chain and its defense and aerospace customers,” said U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “BRIDG’s vision and leadership will not only help solidify the United States’ position as a global competitor in the semiconductor industry, but they will continue to revitalize and strengthen the local economy as we reopen the country.”

Wilbur Ross

Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

“BRIDG is honored to welcome Secretary Ross to NeoCity as we continue our efforts to establish the United States as a leader in advanced microelectronics packaging,” said BRIDG Interim CEO Brian Sapp.  “As highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the repatriation of microelectronics fabrication and jobs back to the United States is essential for our national security, economy, and global competitiveness.”

Brian Sapp

Interim CEO, BRIDG

CEOs and other senior leaders from BRIDG partner organizations, including Osceola County, UCF, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, the State of Florida, imec USA, Lockheed Martin, L3Harris, Siemens, SUSS MicroTec, and Tokyo Electron participated in the event in support of BRIDG and its unique mission and vision.

BRIDG, located at NeoCity in Kissimmee, operates a 200mm microelectronics fabrication facility delivering solutions to industry and government partners through collaborative technology development and secure manufacturing programs. BRIDG provides state-of-the-art capabilities that are essential to the must-win applications of the future including 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI).