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Billion-dollar Intel semiconductor chip factory headed for New Albany

 Part of the 3,000+ acre site that sources say will be the home of a new Intel manufacturing facility near New Albany
Daniel Konik
Statehouse News Bureau
Part of the 3,000-plus acre site that sources say will be the home of a new Intel manufacturing facility near New Albany.

Sources say an announcement is planned next week for a multi-billion-dollar computer chip manufacturing facility near New Albany in central Ohio. Sources confirm to the Statehouse News Bureau the Intel facility will be built on more than 3,000 acres of land in a rural Licking County township annexed into New Albany.

Ohio’s US Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) isn’t confirming the deal, but notes that he and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) have urged passage of bipartisan legislation on reshoring jobs back from overseas, investing in manufacturing and cracking down on unfair trade practices.

“One of the biggest problems we face coming out of this pandemic is our supply chain was so disrupted, partly because the economy was so disrupted," Brown said in an interview. "But it was also so disrupted because of bad trade policy and bad tax policy lobbied by some of the largest corporations in America to move jobs offshore."

And Brown said bringing semiconductor chip manufacturing jobs to the US would be important to economic growth overall.

“We used to make a huge number of percentage of the chips made in the world, and now we're down, I believe, below 10%," Brown said. "So this is mostly an investment by our country, by our government, by our taxpayers into production of a central component of almost everything that’s manufactured.”

New Albany already is the home of data centers for Amazon, Google and Facebook.

The Intel project has been described by sources as at least the biggest economic development deal for Ohio since Honda built its 4 million-square-foot manufacturing plant near Marysville in the early 1980s.

Sources say an official announcement is planned for next Jan. 21.
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Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.