Intel to bring jobs, innovation with new Arizona manufacturing plant

Intel to bring jobs, innovation with new Arizona manufacturing plant

Summary: Flanked by a U.S. president under the gun to create more jobs in America, Intel's President and CEO Paul Otellini said today that will invest more than $5 billion in a new chip manufacturing plant at its Chandler, Ariz.

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Flanked by a U.S. president under the gun to create more jobs in America, Intel's President and CEO Paul Otellini said today that will invest more than $5 billion in a new chip manufacturing plant at its Chandler, Ariz. facility, with construction beginning later this year.

Otellini made the announcement during a visit by President Barack Obama today to a Intel facility in Hillsboro, Ore. Obama was in Silicon Valley last night, where he dined with some of the most powerful names in the tech industry to discuss innovation and, presumably, how that could lead to job creation in the U.S.

Intel said that the new Arizona factory will be the most advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world.  In a statement, the company noted that while more than three-fourths of Intel’s sales come from outside of the United States, three-fourths of its microprocessors are manufactured in the United States.

The company said the Arizona facility would not only create "thousands:" of construction and permanent manfacturing jobs, but would also help Intel to drive innovation. In a statement, Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Manufacturing and Supply Chain, said:

The investment positions our manufacturing network for future growth. This fab will begin operations on a process that will allow us to create transistors with a minimum feature size of 14 nanometers. For Intel, manufacturing serves as the underpinning for our business and allows us to provide customers and consumers with leading-edge products in high volume. The unmatched scope and scale of our investments in manufacturing help Intel maintain industry leadership and drives innovation.”

The facility. designated Fab 42, will be completed in 2013.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel

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  • Why not build it in Dresden, right next to AMD?

    just a thought.
    John Zern
  • RE: Intel to bring jobs, innovation with new Arizona manufacturing plant

    Intel badly needs to compete against the likes of ARM, nVidia and Qualcomm in mobile processing. Hopefully this new facility will contribute greatly to that end.
    Tech watcher
  • God Bless Intel

    Andy Grove are you there?

    It's a start, but initiatives for creating jobs in America must cut across all industry sectors!
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • It's a start indeed

      Grove's turnaround, and shadow it cast, appears to have garnered more than just cursory interest. At least at Intel, and at least this time.<br><br>Long time coming but then, anytime is the right time.
      klumper
  • RE: Intel to bring jobs, innovation with new Arizona manufacturing plant

    Great, now I have to start boycotting Intel too. Perhaps it's time to dump my shares before they go any lower.
    Zappykins
    • RE: Intel to bring jobs, innovation with new Arizona manufacturing plant

      @Zappykins Why boycott?
      jetsethi
      • RE: Intel to bring jobs, innovation with new Arizona manufacturing plant

        @jetsethi I think it's because of the Arizona immigration law flap. My personal opinion is that the boycott is a bit nutty.
        Bill4
      • Zappykins is an anchor baby...

        ...never mind the boycott baby...
        search &amp; destroy
    • The boycott babies

      @Zappykins <br><br>Always revealing to witness the folks who cheer on illegalities as long as it suits their fancy or agendas. Boycott the only state with the fortitude to resist the ongoing assault of the scab labor invasion from south of the border that has been going on for well over three decades now without respite, while the do-nothing Feds sit on their thumbs and busy themselves waging incessant war for Big Oil and Israel.<br><br>Unfortunately carrying those two crosses on our backs is not enough, we have to add the federal republic of Mexico to boot! One need only examine the groups cheering on this invasion and any attempt to halt it meaningfully (since the Feds adamantly refuse), and you have all the answers you need. Same old rat packs who champion socialism and the LCD world order, while sucking the life blood and prosperity out of this nation.
      klumper
  • Well this is excellent news

    I've been a user of Intel processors for a very long time. AMD yes, was cheaper, but after burning up 2 AMD processors in a row, I never went back and stuck with Intel.

    Now they're coming back to the U.S., and with it U.S. jobs, I will [i]only buy Intel processors now[/I] I build my own systems, and I research carefully what I buy - especially since your talking hundreds or even thousands of dollars. I wasn't dissipointed by my Asus Eee 1000ha, I will only buy IBM Thinkpads, not Lenevo, and I love nVIDIA graphic cards. So quality is my #1 concern, and I'm willing to pay more. The only problem with Apple, is their gated community, or should I call it [I]Stalinistic ways[/I] with their products. That's the ONLY reason I don't buy Apple.

    So if you can, Mr. Diaz, forward this comment to anyone in Intel that it would matter too, I'd appreciate it.

    Thank you for coming back, Intel. Now drag the OTHER companies back, if need by by the hair :)

    - Kc
    kcredden2
    • RE: Intel to bring jobs, innovation with new Arizona manufacturing plant

      @kcredden2 IBM only? Didn't IBM sell their laptop division to Lenovo?
      jetsethi
  • Mexican jobs? Or American jobs?

    And can they protect the plant from attacks by the drug lords?
    Techboy_z