On January 21, Intel announced that it has selected the Licking County portion of the New Albany International Business Park as the location for a $20 billion+ chip manufacturing project. The company plans to build two state-of-the-art factories by 2025. Intel’s selection of our business park will create many opportunities for New Albany, our region and the entire state, including:
- thousands of new manufacturing and construction jobs;
- new infrastructure in and around New Albany to support the project, including state funding to widen State Route 161; and
- an even stronger emphasis on STEM education opportunities for our local schools, as well as 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities throughout the state of Ohio.
“We are excited to call Ohio home to Intel’s first new manufacturing site in 40 years,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO Intel. “Today, we take an important step toward our goal to rebalance global chipmaking capacity and help boost production to meet the surging demand for advanced semiconductors, powering a new generation of innovative products. The new factories we’ll build in Ohio are part of our strategy to increase semiconductor R&D and global manufacturing capacity and restore U.S. semi manufacturing leadership. We expect Intel Ohio will become one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing sites in the world over the next decade.”
The megaproject, which will be the largest single private sector company investment in Ohio’s history, is expected to ultimately generate more than 20,000 jobs in the state, including 3,000 direct Intel jobs earning an average of $135,000 per year (plus benefits), 7,000 construction jobs over the course of the build, and tens of thousands of additional indirect and support jobs including contracted positions, electricians, engineers, and jobs in restaurants, healthcare, housing, entertainment and more. The project is expected to add $2.8 billion to Ohio’s annual gross state product.
To support the development of the new site, Intel pledged an additional $100 million toward partnerships with educational institutions to build a pipeline of talent and bolster research programs in the region.
As reported by Time, the state has agreed to invest $1 billion in infrastructure improvements, including widening State Route 161, to support the factory and the nearby community.
FOR NEW ALBANY
Well-paying jobs increase income tax revenues, which provide local funds to expand parks opportunities, build roads and leisure trails, and continue our high level of city services.
“This is a big win for our nation and our state, and locally, it’s important to note that we are ready for this project,” said New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding. “New Albany is a strategically-planned community, and this project fits within the parameters of our business park, where 16,000 people already work. We’ve been planning roads and other critical infrastructure for years, and with assistance from our other project partners, we will ensure that the infrastructure for this project will be in place in a way that supports our entire community.”
Intel’s investment here places Ohio at the forefront of solving a national challenge while creating thousands of well-paying jobs through Intel and its cadre of suppliers, which will be located in nearly every county in Ohio. With recent commitments from Facebook, Google, AWS, Amgen, and now Intel, Ohio is at the forefront in creating technology and STEM-related jobs, and the state’s secondary and higher education will greatly benefit from this investment.
“Today’s announcement is monumental news for the state of Ohio,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Intel’s new facilities will be transformative for our state, creating thousands of good-paying jobs in Ohio manufacturing strategically vital semiconductors, often called ‘chips.’ 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.”
FOR OUR NATION
Intel is one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world and boosting U.S. production of chips is critical at this time to address the shortage of chips needed for automobiles, appliances, computers and many other consumer products. Even more important than products, chip production is a matter of national security with so many of our defense systems being chip reliant.
There is much work ahead. New Albany leaders will continue to work collaboratively with regional, state and federal officials, as well as Intel, to move this project forward in a manner consistent with our economic development plan and the high standards we’ve established and maintained in our business park for the past two decades. Residents who have questions about the project can email them to city staff at.