Intel Doesn't Hire Enough New Mexican's Again

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From the Albuquerque Journal “Intel misses mark on in-state hires

For the third time in five years, computer chipmaker Intel failed to ensure that 60 percent of the new hires at its Rio Rancho plant are New Mexico residents.

That means the company will have to spend $100,000 toward school-to-work programs, under an agreement it made with Sandoval County.

Liz Shipley, Intel’s government affairs manager in New Mexico, said as technology becomes more complex, the company is having more difficulty finding candidates locally and nationally who have the needed master’s or doctoral degrees in science and engineering.

“It’s not just in New Mexico; we’re seeing a shortage throughout the country,” Shipley told Sandoval County commissioners on Thursday.

A report Shipley presented to the commission showed that about 26 percent – or 19 of the 74 employees the company hired in 2012 – were state residents.

Intel currently has about 3,300 employees at its Rio Rancho plant. The 60 percent hiring goal was one of the conditions the county set in 2004 when it approved a $16 billion revenue bond for Intel.

Intel missed the goal in 2011 and 2009 as well. In 2011, 35 percent of 349 new hires were from New Mexico. In 2009, three of eight new hires were state residents. In 2010, the company’s New Mexico hires were right at the 60 percent mark.

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Chandler Intel chemical leak sends 12 to hospital

Chandler Intel chemical leak sends 12 to hospital

Intel officials said 43 people were evaluated and 12 people were taken to the hospital following a chemical leak at the company’s Chandler microchip plant.

Jason Bagley, a government affairs director for the company, said the leak occurred at about 6 a.m. on Saturday.

“At this point, we don’t have any additional information on these individuals other than they’re being treated and getting the help that they need,” he said.

Intel Misses New Mexico Hiring Goals

From the Albuquerque Journal “Intel Misses N.M. Goal For Hiring“:

For the third time in five years, computer chipmaker Intel fell short of a goal set by Sandoval County to ensure 60 percent of the new hires for its Rio Rancho plant are New Mexico residents.

A report presented to Sandoval County commissioners by Intel government affairs manager Liz Shipley this week showed only 35 percent of the 349 employees the company hired in 2011 were state residents.

Under the 2004 agreement, Intel must pay the county $100,000 to be spent on educational initiatives if it fails to meet the hiring requirement.