Intel Corp. has announced plans to invest more than $300 million to build a new research and development facility at its Chandler Blvd. site in Chandler, AZ. The facility will be used to expand Intel’s packaging operations.
The facility will create several hundred Intel jobs and nearly a thousand construction jobs. Hiring for Intel positions will occur over the next 18 months. About half of the positions will be filled by individuals with advanced engineering degrees. Other positions are open to candidates with technical degrees and relevant experience. Military veterans with technical training are often well suited for a variety of roles within the company and Intel will specifically recruit veterans for these positions.
“This significant investment in R&D reflects Intel’s principal role in defining the future of technology,” said Babak Sabi, Intel vice president and director, Assembly and Test Technology Development. “The innovation set to take place within the walls of this new research center will influence technology trends for years to come, and we’re delighted to bring that distinction to the community of Chandler and the State of Arizona.”
“For more than three decades, the City of Chandler has been a proud partner with Intel as it continues to expand here in our community,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Intel’s dedication to research and development is commendable and will ensure a long and prosperous presence here in the region. This announcement once again shows Intel’s continued commitment to Chandler and confirms that the state of Arizona is a great place to do business.”
Site preparation for the two-story, approximately 285,000-square-foot R&D facility began in June; construction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2013. The building is designed to enable Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Intel’s combined investment in the new Chandler facilities will exceed $5.3 billion.