LICKING COUNTY, Ohio — Ohio leaders and executives on Friday officially broke ground on Intel’s semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Licking County.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in New Albany with President Joe Biden, Governor Mike DeWine and other state and local leaders in attendance.
"For an industry that we've revitalized, it is huge for the nation, and of course, for Ohio," said Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger. "This is bringing tech to the center and that's why when we stand on stage and say the silicon heartland is underway. It is so powerful and so good."
The ceremony comes after Intel announced its plans to invest $20 billion into the central Ohio area and build multiple factories in Licking County.
In January, Intel and DeWine announced in January two state-of-the-art chip factories would be built just outside of New Albany by 2025. The project is expected to bring 20,000 jobs to the state.
PHOTOS: Intel's groundbreaking ceremony in central Ohio
The governor expressed that Intel has given Ohio a chance to further grow and provide more jobs and opportunities for families.
"To my fellow Ohioans, this is a historic moment for the Buckeye state. By choosing Ohio, Intel has recognized what we have known all along: there is no better place to raise a family than Ohio. No better place to live, no better place to start or grow a business and no place to provide more opportunities than in the state of Ohio," DeWine said at the ceremony.
Biden discussed the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act, a bill that is expected to boost the semiconductor industry and create more high-tech jobs in the United States.
"The future of the chip industry is going to be made in America," the president said. "The United States has to lead the world with these advanced chips and this law will make sure that we will."
You can watch Biden's full speech below.
Intel's site manager for Ohio said the first semiconductor chip will not roll off the assembly line in 2025 like the company announced back in January.
"We think by 2025 we will have the fab construction done by then, it takes a little while to get the processing done, so maybe it's not the chip off the line by 2025, because of the duration required," said James Evers.
Intel says construction on the site is ahead of schedule and says the 1,000 acre site was created to house 8 fabs which Evers says is the goal within the next 10 years.
Past Coverage on Intel's manufacturing facilities ⬇️:
- Ohio Senator discusses impact Intel's factories will have on Licking County economy
- Intel unfolds water conservation plan ahead of groundbreaking
- Passage of CHIPS Act allows Intel to 'build further out' in Ohio, Husted says
- Intel needs workers: Can Ohio colleges and universities train enough?
- Licking County homeowners worried about lifestyle, property value with Intel project
- New Albany votes to give Intel property tax exemption for 30 years