Rendering of Ohio Intel chip site

Intel to Invest $20B in Ohio for Chip Plants

Jan. 21, 2022
The semiconductor giant plans two facilities near Columbus to ease chip shortages and prepare for growth.

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Intel Corp. confirmed rumors Friday that it would spend $20 billion on a brand new semiconductor fabrication site just outside of Columbus, Ohio. The computer tech giant revealed January 21 that it would build two new chip factories or “fabs” outside the state capital about a week after the Columbus Dispatch first reported the news. According to Intel, the new site will create 3,000 Intel jobs and begin producing chips in 2025.

It’s also only the start, Intel hinted. The company noted that the 3,000 expected jobs created are only part of an “initial phase” of Intel’s Ohio operations. According to Intel’s Friday announcement, the Jersey Township, Ohio, site could accommodate as many as eight factories and draw as much as $100 billion of investment.

In the meantime, though, the computing giant only has plans to build the first two factories. Intel expects construction to begin later this year before it starts producing chips in three years.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, said in the announcement the move shows Intel “leading the effort to restore U.S. semiconductor manufacturing leadership.”

“Intel’s actions will help build a more resilient supply chain and ensure reliable access to advanced semiconductors for years to come,” Gelsinger said. He also hinted that Intel might expand the site in the future, saying the two factories “will create a new epicenter for advanced chipmaking in the U.S.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in a statement called the announcement “monumental news” for the state. A release from the governor’s office says the $20 billion project will be the largest single private company investment in state history.

“Advanced manufacturing, research and development, and talent are part of Ohio’s DNA, and we are proud that chips—which power the future—will be made in Ohio, by Ohioans,” DeWine said. The planned factories will be Ohio’s first semiconductor manufacturing plants.

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