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Intel To Spend $20 Billion To Expand Arizona Facilities

Intel will spend $20 billion to expand manufacturing facilities in Chandler.

In the announcement Tuesday, the technology company said it plans to build two new facilities, which will produce advanced semiconductor chips used in modern electronics. In CEO Pat Gelsinger’s first public announcement since taking the job, he said the company will partner with the state of Arizona and the Biden administration to spur growth.

“Today, we are announcing Arizona. I expect we will be ready to announce our next phase of expansions in the U.S., Europe and other global locations within the year,” Gelsinger said. “To make our new expansion in Arizona possible, we are excited to be partnering with the state of Arizona and the Biden Administration on incentives that spur this type of domestic investment”.

The news comes amid a worldwide chip shortage that is affecting industries from automobiles to electronics and worries the U.S. is falling behind in semiconductor manufacturing.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema heralded the announcement, claiming bipartisan passage of the  CHIPS For America Actprovides funding for domestic research, development and jobs in the semiconductor industry.

The build will be the largest private sector investment in Arizona history, according to Gov. Doug Ducey’s office. Intel said its expansion will create more than 3,000 high-tech, high-wage jobs and support an estimated 15,000 additional indirect jobs. Construction on the facilities is expected to begin later this year.

Intel’s operations in Arizona go back more than 40 years, according to Ducey's office. With this new expansion, Intel will employ nearly 16,000 Arizonans and will have invested more than $50 billion in the state. Intel operates four other fabs in Arizona, including Fab 42, the company’s largest chipmaking factory in the United States.

Heather van Blokland moved to Phoenix in March 2016 to join KJZZ as a host/producer, after working as an on-air host/producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, covering middays, weekends and most everything in between. van Blokland previously worked as a Morning Edition host and reporter at Florida NPR affiliate WUFT-FM, covering business and agriculture beats. She was also the local producer and editor for StoryCorps’ story booth.Like many in public media, van Blokland brings a diverse background to her daily duties. Her first career was in the private sector as a financial analyst manager in commercial and investment banking. She also used to teach canoeing and kayaking on the local rivers in North Central Florida. Her education includes a master’s in mass communication from the University of Florida, a bachelor’s in finance, marketing and multinational business from Florida State University, and a diploma in acting for film and television from Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia. She wrote and produced a film, later submitted to the Vancouver International Film Festival.In her free time, van Blokland enjoys exploring the outdoors, everything from a hike on South Mountain to Vancouver's Butchart Gardens to a ride through Swaziland’s Mkhaya Game Reserve. Her travels have included South Africa, Swaziland, western Canada, Australia, the British Isles, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and summers on the outskirts of London. She is also a certified open-water diver, and still looking to apply that skill in Phoenix.Half Southern and half English, van Blokland enjoys using phrases that surprise people. She does not enjoy steak and kidney pie or Monty Python. You can send your ardent disagreements with this statement to her directly at [email protected].