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Intel’s Ohio Chip Plant Could Employ More than 900 Electricians and Other Electrical Workers

Jan. 21, 2022
At full buildout, Intel's total investment in the site could grow to as much as $100 billion over the next decade.

Intel today announced plans for an initial investment of more than $20 billion in the construction of two new leading-edge chip factories in Licking County, OH.

According to the press release, the project would be the largest single private-sector investment in Ohio history, and the initial phase of the project is expected to create 3,000 Intel jobs and 7,000 construction jobs and 3,000 jobs at Intel. When you consider that electrical contractors typically account for 13% of all construction jobs, this project would require an estimated 900-plus  electrical workers.

According to the press release, the site will span nearly 1,000 acres in Licking County, just outside of Columbus, and can accommodate a total of eight chip factories – also known as ‘fabs.’

”At full buildout, the total investment in the site could grow to as much as $100 billion over the next decade, making it one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing sites in the world," said the press release. “Planning for the first two factories will start immediately, with construction expected to begin late in 2022. Production is expected to come online in 2025, when the fab will deliver chips using the industry’s most advanced transistor technologies. Ohio will be home to Intel’s first new manufacturing site location in 40 years.”

The news follows Intel’s March 2021 announcement that it’s investing $20 billion into its Fab 42 semiconductor facility in Chandler, AZ. Other semiconductor manufacturers have also announced plans to build new facilities, including Samsung, which last year said it will build a $17-billion plant in the Austin metro.

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Jim Lucy | Editor-in-Chief of Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing

Jim Lucy has been wandering through the electrical market for more than 40 years, most of the time as an editor for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing newsletter, and as a contributing writer for EC&M magazine During that time he and the editorial team for the publications have won numerous national awards for their coverage of the electrical business. He showed an early interest in electricity, when as a youth he had an idea for a hot dog cooker. Unfortunately, the first crude prototype malfunctioned and the arc nearly blew him out of his parents' basement.

Before becoming an editor for Electrical Wholesaling  and Electrical Marketing, he earned a BA degree in journalism and a MA in communications from Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ., which is formerly best known as the site of the 1967 summit meeting between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Nikolayevich Kosygin, and now best known as the New Jersey state college that changed its name in 1992 to Rowan University because of a generous $100 million donation by N.J. zillionaire industrialist Henry Rowan. Jim is a Brooklyn-born Jersey Guy happily transplanted with his wife and three sons in the fertile plains of Kansas for the past 30 years. 

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