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Intel manufacturing leader Keyvan Esfarjani

Intel Manufacturing Chief Esfarjani Talks About Why the Chip Giant Chose Ohio (Video)

Jan. 24, 2022
Keyvan Esfarjani, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's manufacturing, supply chain and operations discusses how the company chose Ohio for its $20 billion upcoming fabrication plant.

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Newark, Ohio—Computer chip giant Intel shocked the manufacturing world last week, announcing its first new chip-fabrication campus in 40 years, a $20 billion facility to open near Columbus, Ohio, by 2025. The massive project, the largest economic development win in Ohio's history, could grow to $100 billion in investment within a decade as the site has room for several more plants.

Intel typically builds a campus then invests in new capacity there for decades before opening another new facility. Last year, for example, the company announced $20 billion in upgrades to its Arizona campus. Talking to reporters after the announcement, Intel's manufacturing chief, Keyvan Esfajani talked about:

  • Why Ohio
  • What will happen if federal legislation to boost chip production doesn't pass
  • The sorts of jobs that will be available at the Licking County site
  • And why the world needs a significant increase in semiconductors 

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