In visit to SkyWater chip plant, Klobuchar, Phillips tout Minnesota as tech center

As Senate nears vote on technology bill, Minnesota lawmakers say the nation’s chip industry needs government investment to compete. 

The U.S. government should make a sizable investment in the semiconductor industry because the nation can’t afford to fall behind China in producing chips, two Minnesotans in Congress said Tuesday in a visit to the state’s largest chipmaking plant.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Dean Phillips took a tour of SkyWater Technology in Bloomington with CEO Tom Sonderman, right, on Tuesday. The lawmakers discussed U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and supply constraints in chip manufacturing. (Photo: Brian Peterson, Star Tribune)

“When you look at something as critical as semiconductors, we want to have it made in America,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar said after an hour-long tour at SkyWater Technology in Bloomington.

A measure due for a Senate vote next week represents the largest government outreach to the chip industry since the 1980s. Among its provisions is $49.5 billion over five years to help chipmakers and other technology firms, and $10 billion in annual spending over five years on at least 10 regional technology hubs.

Klobuchar and Rep. Dean Phillips, who also attended the event at SkyWater Technology’s plant in Bloomington, said they will seek to make Minnesota one of the hubs.

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