LICKING COUNTY, Ohio – Hundreds of people filled part of the so-called “Field of Dreams” Friday for Intel’s official groundbreaking ceremony.
What do you want to know
- Intel has officially welcomed Ohio to its multinational team
- Groundbreaking ceremony celebrated Intel’s initial $20 billion investment to build chip manufacturing site in Licking County
- The first two manufacturing facilities are expected to be completed in 2025
- Intel announced it would donate $17.7 million to Ohio colleges and universities
The event was filled with local and state leaders expressing their gratitude to Intel for choosing Ohio. Governor Mike Dewine, Lt. Governor John Husted, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Sherrod Brown and more joined Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and Intel Ohio General Manager Jim Evers.
President Joe Biden also visited Buckeye State to speak about the importance of this investment not just for Ohio, but for the nation. He said America invented the semiconductor, but today only produces about 10% of the world’s supply. Instead, we rely on East Asia for 75% of global production, according to the White House.
“The future of the chip industry is going to be made in America,” Biden said. “It’s about our economic security. This is our national security. It’s high-paying union jobs and you can raise a family and, as my dad used to say, get a bit of a break. Jobs now. Jobs for the future. Jobs in all regions of the country. We’re not going to leave any of it behind. It is not necessary not to develop the whole country. Jobs that show the industrial Midwest is back. The industrial Midwest is back.
DeWine said it was a great opportunity for the many college and university students in Ohio.
“Today, right now, in Ohio, there are young men, young women attending our 14 public universities and others at our 74 private liberal arts colleges and universities studying mechanics, industrial engineering, other things, all of whom could one day work here at Intel or some other big high-tech job in Ohio,” DeWine said. “Today in Ohio there’s young men and women in our 23 major community colleges who are studying microelectronics or electronic engineering technology who will one day work here as manufacturing technicians.”
INTEL’S COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION
Intel announced it would donate $17.7 million to Ohio colleges and universities as part of its $50 million commitment to Ohio higher education institutions over the next decade.
Intel’s Ohio Semiconductor Education and Research Program will fund collaborative proposals led by the University of Cincinnati, Central State University, Columbus State Community College, Kent State University, Lorain County Community College, Ohio University and two from Ohio State University. Intel said in total that these eight proposals involve more than 80 higher education institutions across Ohio. It’s a generous gift that many college presidents, including Ohio State University president Kristina M. Johnson, have said they’re grateful for.
“We are so fortunate in Ohio to have political leadership that understands the importance of knowledge and technology-intensive industries to the future of our state, as well as the role higher education plays in the development ideas and people for these industries,” Johnson said.
DeWine said Ohio has the potential to become a magnet for attracting and retaining a skilled workforce. Students will no longer have to look beyond Ohio for great career opportunities and will no longer have to travel to the coasts to find cutting-edge jobs.
“Intel is going to build a workforce of the future right here in Ohio,” Biden added.
Many local and state leaders thanked Intel for choosing Ohio, but Evers, general manager of Intel Ohio, thanked the people of Ohio for their warm welcome.
“Thank you for being so warm and welcoming,” Evers said. “I, you know, I’ve been coming here once a month since March. And every time I come here, I meet people like you, and you just hug me and I’m so thankful and thankful to be part of the Ohio family.
FLEAS POWER OUR LIVES
Ohio is a state known for its manufacturing tradition and will soon be manufacturing the most advanced technology in the world. It’s the technology that many speakers said is becoming increasingly important now that all aspects of our lives are becoming increasingly digital and all digital runs on semiconductors.
“Let’s build,” Gelsinger said. “Today begins a project, you know, I hope we build and develop in this place for the next decade and a half. Today is a monumental event for the state, for New Albany, literally for everyone. Midwest.
DeWine said the investment is a big win for the state, but the best is yet to come.
“In the days, months and years to come, there will be many more wins in Ohio,” DeWine said. “Because we invest and prepare our young and our seniors for the future. A bright future, a very bright future, and a future where all Ohioans, all Ohioans can live their American dream.
The first manufacturing facilities are expected to be completed in 2025, but the company is starting to hire for some positions. For more information, you can click here.