Micron celebrates its 40th anniversary in the City of Trees

Micron turns 40
Posted at 10:00 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 00:00:14-04

    It may be Joe Albertson's Idaho, but Micron is the tech equivalent and today the state celebrated the company's 40th anniversary.
    It's survived all this time in one of the most cutthroat industries in the world, and it's emerged as one of the four top semiconductor companies in the world.
    It's an accomplishment that required a party.
Idaho senator Jim Risch made his appreciation clear, "On behalf of every Idahoan, thank you Micron, thank you, thank you, thank you, god bless you."
Micron which used to be the largest private employer in Idaho still, employs 63-hundred people and many of them caught a shuttle to Cecil Andrus park to celebrate their employer and hear the rest of the community sing their praises.
Boise mayor Dave Bieter was among them, "Today, Micron's team of 34 thousand employees spanning the globe from Boise to Silicon Valley.  Virginia to Singapore, Taiwan and Japan."
 The company's CEO, Sanjay Mehrotra, says despite it's international flavor, Boise is home, "So we are a global company today of course, but Boise is the heart of Micron.  Will it always be the heart?  It absolutely will be.  This is where we started and the roots are and a strong team."
That team is working on providing the kind of memory chips that will help further two key areas of science, including artificial intelligence for your car.

"Driverless and autonomous driving technology actually will reduce fatalities by 90 percent by mid part of the century,"
says Mehrotra.  Also, Micron wants to help create computer systems that will make medical diagnoses more accurate and faster.

"That speed relies on a lot of memory and storage in advanced computing systems that Micron helps really fuel," adds Mehrotra.
So long after Andrus Park is cleared, Micron plans to party on.