ICYMI: Intel’s $20 billion investment in Ohio chip factories said to be the state’s largest ever
“The White House’s announcement Friday of a $20 billion investment in semiconductor manufacturing marked the administration’s latest effort to combat a global shortage of computer chips that has hobbled manufacturing and fueled inflation.
“The commitment by tech giant Intel to build two chip factories in Ohio will dramatically boost domestic supplies of a component that is increasingly vital to nearly every stripe of manufacturing, President Biden and Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger told a news conference.”
The two new factories near Columbus will create 3,000 Intel jobs and about 7,000 construction jobs, the company said, adding that those numbers could grow if Intel opts to continue building out the site, which can accommodate eight chip factories in all.
The Ohio move marks the company’s first big commitment to the Midwest, and is likely to draw additional tech companies to the region. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) said the high-tech investment will “fundamentally remake manufacturing in the Midwest.”
Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said an investment of this scale means that “from now on, any company any place that’s thinking about opening a new plant will simply have to give Ohio a good look.”
- Other large chipmakers have announced plans to expand in the United States, although some have said the speed of their investments will depend on passage of $52 billion in federal subsidies that have not yet cleared Congress.
The $20B investment was well-received in Ohio:
Columbus Dispatch: Intel CEO ‘thrilled to be launching the Silicon Heartland in Ohio’
- Cleveland Times: Intel confirms plans to build $20 billion-plus semiconductor factory in Ohio
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