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The IBM campus as seen from the air in 2009. LEE CORDNER PHOTOGRAPHY

The IBM campus as seen from the air in 2009.
LEE CORDNER PHOTOGRAPHY

Goodbye Big Blue

In three decades as an IBM engineer, Andy Watts had never experienced a stranger day than Monday.

Watts and his co-workers spent much of the morning taking in news reports that the company that has manufactured micro-chips in Essex for over half a century, employing thousands and underpinning the town’s social fabric, had sold its chip-making division. The new owner — and Watts’ soon-to-be employer — would be a growing, five-year-old California company wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi called GobalFoundries.

In one morning — featuring a 7:30 a.m. announcement from IBM and a Burlington press conference at which Gov. Peter Shumlin joined state and local officials to trumpet GlobalFoundries’ arrival ...READ MORE 

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