Intel planning to invest in its US production facilities

CHIPMAKER Intel yesterday said it plans to spend between $6bn (£3.8bn) and $8bn on high-tech manufacturing facilities in Arizona and Oregon, projects it estimates would create up to 8,000 construction jobs.

Intel said plans call for it to build a new fabrication plant in Oregon and upgrade several existing factories. The projects, it said, would support 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs along with another 800 to 1,000 permanent new high-tech jobs.

Intel said the new plant in Oregon – which would be called D1X – is scheduled for research and development start-up in 2013. In addition, upgrades would be undertaken at four existing factories in Oregon and Arizona.

Currently, about 75 per cent of Intel’s microprocessor manufacturing takes place in the US, while the majority of its sales occur overseas. The company employs more than 80,000 people worldwide.