Intel Construction to Employ 6,000-8,000 Construction Workers

Nancy Anderson
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On Tuesday the 19th of October, Intel announced that they would be allocating USD$8 Billion for upgrades to existing factories, and the creation of a new facility in Oregon. This expansion is expected to create up to 8,000 construction jobs, most of them in OR, but some will be created for the AZ facilities receiving upgrades. From the Intel press release:

“Today’s announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore’s Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new lab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow.”

This is a boon to Oregon’s flagging construction industry -- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48 in Portland reports that the unemployment rate among their members currently reaches 30%. The OR project is expected to employ some 600 union electricians.

Remember that earlier article? About job creation in 56 new metro areas? Well, this wasn’t announced in time to make the list, but looking at the Department of Labour statistics for construction job losses for OR between September 2009 and September 2010, this project will be a welcome change of pace for a state that reported losing 4,500 jobs over the last year. This project alone represents a 6% increase in that state’s construction employment numbers, not to mention the full- and part-time manufacturing and assembly jobs it will create for the Portland area.

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Mike Wrightly is mostly diesel fumes and duct tape; he grew up around heavy equipment, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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