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Capacity Expansion

The John Palmour Manufacturing Center for Silicon Carbide

We’re Building the World’s Largest Silicon Carbide Manufacturing Facility

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Expanding Capacity 10x for Silicon Carbide Materials

A 200mm Silicon Carbide Wafer from Wolfspeed. It's a close-up product shot on a transparent background.

At Wolfspeed, we harness the power of Silicon Carbide to change the world for better. Our company represents more than 35 years of innovation, first as Cree, then as Cree | Wolfspeed, and now as Wolfspeed. Our Wolfspeed name is synonymous with Silicon Carbide leadership as we continue leading the charge into the future of innovation and manufacturing. We have assembled the best semiconductor team in the industry – a team that is uniquely suited to lead an industry-transforming, once-in-a-generation technology shift. We are the only player in the semiconductor industry with a fully commercialized, broad portfolio of the most field-tested Silicon Carbide and GaN-on-Silicon Carbide solutions on the market.

Our ever-increasing portfolio of Wolfspeed products are engineered to enable our customers to deliver groundbreaking systems that do more while using energy more efficiently. We make a difference every day as we partner with our customers to create a more sustainable future for all – one powered by Silicon Carbide and our team’s passion and perseverance.


Our Purpose

We
The people of Wolfspeed push the limits of what’s possible.
Harness
Though 30+ years of innovation, Wolfspeed has uniquely mastered new ways to use this powerful technology.
The Power of Silicon Carbide
Our work expands the boundaries of technology to make devices smaller, lighter, and more powerful.
To Change the World for the Better
We create the ingredients that inventors, innovators, and doers use to a power cleaner, better future.

Introducing the World’s Largest Materials Facility

Our new Materials facility will reside within the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site, an industrial park that sits on approximately 1,802 acres.

This state-of-art facility will:

  • Increase Wolfspeed's Materials capacity by more than 10x
  • Span 445 acres
  • Be highly-automated 
  • Create 1,800 new jobs by 2030
  • Cover more than 1 million square feet 
  • Sit within 60 miles of prestigious local universities, creating a robust talent pipeline 
  • Supply our current and future fabs
  • Focus on 200mm wafers, which are 1.7x larger than 150mm wafers, translating into more chips per wafer
Architectural rendering of the new Materials facility in Chatham County, now named "The John Palmour Manufacturing Center for Silicon Carbide", shortened to "The JP".
Architectural rendering of the new Materials facility in Chatham County

Supplier Relationships

The John Palmour Manufacturing Center for Silicon Carbide is a massive undertaking, but one that is needed and that we are excited about. Local partnerships and community engagement are vital components to the success of our business. Mark your calendar to join us at our next Supplier Day on May 16 at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center.

Supplier Resources

Investing and Partnering in North Carolina to Build a Talent Pipeline

The gold and royal blue logotype for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. To the right of the name is two large letters entwined vertically: the A and the T.

Wolfspeed is partnering with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) to establish comprehensive education and training curricula and cutting-edge research and innovation programs. In 2020, Wolfspeed committed $4 million over five years to the university, at the time the single largest donation in the university’s history, to create the Wolfspeed Endowed Scholars Program. The two entities aim to create opportunities for undergraduate and graduate credentials in Silicon Carbide semiconductor manufacturing as well as training and career advancement programs for existing semiconductor manufacturing workers.

Two female employees chatting beside a table surrounded by other employees.

Wolfspeed CEO Gregg Lowe and senior leadership members joined NC A&T for a tour of their campus.

The Siler City campus will also sit within 60 miles of North Carolina’s prestigious academies, allowing us to create relationships with future high-tech professionals and innovators. Combining Wolfspeed’s 35-year history of research and development in North Carolina with the high-quality talent in the state, we will establish a rich talent pipeline for the next generation in our local community.


A Focus on Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just something we do; it’s woven into the fabric of our company and core values. From the products we make, to the we way make them and how we interact with our communities, sustainability is into all facets of how we operate. Expanding is no exception. The John Palmour Manufacturing Center for Silicon Carbide will strive to have the following features when fully built.

Being LEED certified for building efficiency
Sourcing electricity from carbon-free or low-carbon sources
Deploying water recycle processes
Electric vehicle charging stations on campus

Giving Back & Closing the Opportunity Gap

We believe every individual should have a roof over their heads, food to eat and an opportunity to excel. Investing in and giving back to the communities where we live and work is part of who we are as a team, and we are excited to extend these investments to Chatham County. Included in our 2022 sustainability goals, Wolfspeed has the ambition to close the opportunity gap by providing more opportunities for STEM education, at all levels, to people in need, particularly in underserved communities.

Our Ambition
Close the opportunity gap by by providing more opportunities for STEM education, at all levels, to people in need, particularly in underserved communities.
Our Goal
Establish STEM partnerships at 100% of our major locations by 2025.

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