New R&D plant will add hundreds of jobs
For the second time in less than a year, Intel has announced expansion of its presence in Chandler.
Last fall, during a visit to Intel by President Obama, the computer chip maker announced construction of a $5 billion chip manufacturing facility on its south Chandler campus.
On Tuesday, the company announced that construction has begun on a 285,000 square foot, $300 million dollar research and development facility in west Chandler. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny tells KFYI News that work done at the R&D facility will feed the manufacturing plants.
The just-announced facility will mean about 1,000 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs once it opens for business in late 2013.
Mayor Tibshraeny says high-tech companies like Intel attract more employers with more jobs. "We've got like 47 other companies that are directly or indirectly tied to Intel's presence in Chandler. And that's just in Chandler," he said, noting that countless other Valley communities undoubtedly do business with Intel's Chandler facilities as well.