Intel Is Spending 6 Billion In Israel, Nothing In New Mexico

There’s been rumor upon rumor that Intel will eventually shut down the Intel site in New Mexico. Its just a rumor but news from Reutes doesn’t help ”
Intel submits plan for nearly $6 bln Israel chip plant upgrade

Chip giant Intel Corp submitted a plan to Israel’s government to invest 20 billion shekels ($5.8 billion) in upgrading its plant in southern Israel, the Economy Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry said it promised Intel it would work to expedite bureaucratic procedures as much as possible to develop and promote employment in the country’s south.

As part of the investment, Intel would receive a government grant that Israeli media estimated at about 1 billion shekels.

The 1 billion shekels (or 289 million dollars) probably helps. Also note that Intel built the a brand new fab 42 factory in Arizona and it’s apparently going to stay empty for the time being.

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Intel Still Not Opening Fab 42 In Chandler

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According to azcentral.com “Intel says factory to stay shut for now

Intel has confirmed it is leaving vacant a massive new multibillion-dollar computer-chip factory in Chandler that President Barack Obama once touted as a symbol of the future of U.S. manufacturing.

No employees are working in the facility, known as Fab 42, which was completed late last year and was to bring 1,000 jobs and a $5.2 billion company investment.

Don’t worry, the Intel Spokesperson puts a positive spin on the news.

“It doesn’t matter which building they work in; we’ve already increased the workforce by more than 1,000 people at that work site,” Mulloy said.

There’s an interesting note from PC Mag “Intel Scraps Plans to Open Cutting-Edge Arizona Chip Plant

The chip giant received $3.3 million in state tax credits from Arizona for creating about 1,000 new permanent jobs with Fab 42, the Arizona Republic noted in a report breaking the news that the facility has been put on permanent hiatus.
Intel has in fact kept its end of that deal, adding more than 1,000 new workers to its payroll in the state—they just work at other Intel manufacturing facilities in the area, according to Mulloy.
Intel is painting its decision not to open Fab 42 as a simple matter of finding a more efficient means of getting to 14nm production at existing facilities. But it’s hard not to see the impact of a slumping PC market on this development—Gartner recently characterized the double-digit drop in PC shipments in 2013 as the “worst decline in PC market history.”

What's Going On At The Arizona Intel Site?

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The Oregonian speculates “Intel activity slows in Arizona amid slack demand“.

The company has slowed the installation of production tools at its nearly complete, $5 billion Fab 42 near Phoenix (a fab is the industry’s term for a chip factory), according to Intel suppliers and contractors in Oregon.

These personnel, who asked not to be identified because of their relationship with Intel, say some tools appear to be idle in Arizona. Other tools have been redirected to the new D1X research fab in Hillsboro, which opens its first, $3 billion phase late this year.

When Intel announced plans to build Fab 42 two years ago, it said the Arizona facility would be complete in 2013. That’s still the timeline, according to corporate spokesman Chuck Mulloy — but he wouldn’t say when the facility will begin making high volumes of chips.

Bomb Threat At The Intel Arizona Site

From azcentral.com, “Chandler police: Bomb threat made at Chandler Intel campus

Authorities are investigating a call received on Monday morning of a bomb threat at a building that is under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo campus in Chandler.

The building was evacuated after the call was received at about 5:30 a.m. and that police and authorities at Intel are in the process of searching the building, Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.

Tyler said authorities searching near the building “haven’t found anything” and that Intel has “been doing a lot of the search on their own.”

Update: Chandler police: No bomb found on Chandler Intel campus:

Authorities found no explosives after a bomb threat on Monday morning at a building under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo Campus in Chandler.

The building was evacuated after a call was received at about 5:30 a.m. Police and authorities at Intel finished searching the building using bomb-sniffing canine units at about 2:30 p.m., Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.

Tyler said authorities searching near the building did not find anything and that Intel had done a lot of the search on their own.

Construction workers working on the building were sent home around 10 a.m.

Kick Me Sign Get's Police Involved At Intel

From the KRQE story “Workplace prank no kicks for co-worker

“This is definably a strange one,” Sgt. Nick Onken with Rio Rancho police said.

Onken said a man in his 40s filed a police report this week saying he had enough from his pranky co-workers at the plant in Rio Rancho.

“He stated that he is to the point with this tomfoolery that he doesn’t feel safe any longer in his work environment,” Onken said.

And the tomfoolery that pushed the man over the edge was a sign taped to his back that read “Kick me.”

Rio Rancho 58 On Money Magazine's Best Places To Live

Rio Rancho, NM is listed at number 58 on Money Magazine’s 100 places to live.

Top 100 rank: 58
Population: 93,100
Once a sleepy suburb of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho is coming into its own with employers like Hewlett-Packard and Intel helping add almost 2,500 jobs in the past couple of years. There’s now nightlife downtown in addition to many bike paths, parks, and horseback trails. The real estate market is still shaking off the doldrums of the housing downturn; while sales are picking up briskly, foreclosed homes dot the streets. Those on the buying side of the equation, however, can expect to find good deals.

I like living in Rio Rancho, but where is this downtown with the nightlife? And the bike paths and horseback trails are the same dirt roads.

Intel Expands Again In Arizona

From the azcentral article “Intel to build $300 million research facility in Chandler

Construction already is under way on the 285,000-square-foot research facility at Intel’s Chandler campus, northwest of Rural Road and Chandler Boulevard.

The construction project will employ nearly 1,000 workers and is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013, Intel officials said.

Intel Vice President and Director of Assembly and Test Technology Development Babak Sabi said the new facility would be used for “package development.”

“Package” refers to the housing around a microchip used to connect the chip to a computer board, Sabi said.