$20 Billion Intel Chip Manufacturing Plant To Locate In Licking County

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(Licking County)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted joined JobsOhio, One Columbus, and several local, state, and federal leaders to announce that leading global semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation has chosen a site in central Ohio’s Licking County as the future home for its most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world. Intel plans to invest more than $20 billion to build two state-of-the-art factories by 2025, designed for what the company calls the “Angstrom era” — with materials processed on the atomic level — and with support for Intel’s most advanced process technologies, resulting in an increased American share of the global semiconductor supply chain.

The megaproject, which will be the largest single private sector company investment in Ohio’s history, will generate more than 20,000 jobs in the state, including 3,000 direct Intel jobs earning an average of $135,000 per year (plus benefits), 7,000 construction jobs over the course of the build, and tens of thousands of additional indirect and support jobs including contracted positions, electricians, engineers, and jobs in restaurants, healthcare, housing, entertainment and more. The project is expected to add $2.8 billion to Ohio’s annual gross state product.

The initial manufacturing facilities (known in the industry as FABs or foundries) will be located on a 926-acre site in Licking County. But the impact will be statewide. More than 140 existing Ohio businesses across the state are already Intel suppliers, and the project is expected to bring additional new businesses to Ohio to support the supply chain. The success of these companies will create new jobs, fuel growth in other key Ohio industry sectors, and position Ohio at the center of America’s industrial innovation.

“Today’s announcement is monumental news for the state of Ohio,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “Intel’s new facilities will be transformative for our state, creating thousands of good-paying jobs in Ohio manufacturing strategically vital semiconductors, often called ‘chips.’ Advanced manufacturing, research and development, and talent are part of Ohio’s DNA, and we are proud that chips — which power the future — will be made in Ohio, by Ohioans.” 

“We are excited to call Ohio home to Intel’s first new manufacturing site in 40 years,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. “Today, we take an important step toward our goal to rebalance global chipmaking capacity and help boost production to meet the surging demand for advanced semiconductors, powering a new generation of innovative products. The new factories we’ll build in Ohio are part of our strategy to increase semiconductor R&D and global manufacturing capacity and restore U.S. semi manufacturing leadership. We expect Intel Ohio will become one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing sites in the world over the next decade.”

In 1990, the United States was a world leader in chip production, dominating nearly 40% of the world’s production capacity. In 2020, our nation’s share fell to only 12% and is projected to slide to just 10% by 2030 if the U.S. doesn’t act. The confluence of geopolitical tensions and pandemic disruptions starkly exposed this danger to the U.S. economy: decades of offshoring the manufacturing of chips — a foundational technology that makes modern life possible — to Asia has stagnated innovation and left the U.S. vulnerable to supply chain disruptions that have crippled major sectors of our national and state economy, and harmed businesses and consumers.

“Just as candles gave way to light bulbs, carriages gave way to cars, and now engines to battery packs, we must continue to attract the businesses and jobs of the future to make sure Ohioans, their children, and their grandchildren can prosper here,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “With the project announced today, we are establishing an entirely new industry sector that currently does not exist in our state, and along with it, we are rebuilding for America a sustainable, resilient domestic supply chain of semiconductors, which is critical to our national and economic security.”

Boosting chip production in the U.S. is critical to national security and industrial competitiveness. Intel’s technology, built in America, is essential to key Ohio sectors, including automotive, advanced mobility, aerospace and aviation, consumer goods, data centers, defense, healthcare, and technology — these industry segments are crucial to state and regional economies. And demand is increasing — global computer chip manufacturing capacity is expected to grow by 56% over the current install base by 2030.

“Ohio was built for this moment and this industry. Intel envisions building its future in Ohio because generations of visionary Ohioans built the ideal foundation — a great place to live and work combined with a spirit of dedication to excellence and pride in hard work,” JobsOhio president and CEO J.P. Nauseef noted. “For eleven years, JobsOhio has been proud to work with the state administration, our network partners, and stakeholders across the state to provide Ohio a competitive advantage in attracting and growing some of the world’s most important businesses. We want the world to know that Ohio’s Future is Built with Intel and is open to business from other companies that want to come alongside.”

“Today’s announcement is what’s possible when dedicated leaders like Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted work tirelessly every day to make Ohio the place where companies, like Intel, want to grow their business,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Ohio is second to none when it comes to talent, public-private collaboration, and opportunity. As a result, we are welcoming a new industry sector to our state.”

Public and private leaders across Ohio support the passage of the CHIPS for America Act, already approved by the U.S. Senate, to make Ohio and the nation globally competitive and accelerate growth in the Ohio project.

“This is a powerful development for Ohio’s economy, jobs, and national security,” said Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman. “Now more than ever, critical components need to be made here at home instead of relying on overseas manufacturing.”

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp added, “This is an historic day for Ohio. This project will make Ohio a national leader for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and puts Ohioans at the forefront of making built-in-the-USA products that are safeguarding our national security. This is a project that will have a profound economic impact not only in Licking County but throughout Ohio for decades to come.”

Chillicothe Christmas Church Walk Says “Thanks” For Event Success

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe Christmas Church Walk committee is thanking the community, churches, and event sponsors for their support of the inaugural Walk that took place in December.

Prior to the event, the committee decided that any funds raised would go towards supporting the Adena Health Foundation’s “Women’s & Children’s Fund.” The committee is excited to share that the event raised $2,000 which has been given to this fund to assist the community.

“We are very excited that so many in the community supported the event, and it was so well received in our first year,” stated Charles Frazier, chairman of the committee. “We had established a goal of raising $1,500 for the Women’s & Children’s Fund in the beginning, and we’re thrilled to have achieved and surpassed that goal.”

The Committee is currently working on plans to host the event again in 2022. For more information on future Chillicothe Christmas Church Walks, please visit the event’s Facebook page.

Vaccination Clinics Scheduled In Fayette County

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(Washington CH)- “The emergence of the Omicron variant is again underscoring the importance of vaccination, boosters, and preventive efforts to protect against COVID-19”, according to Fayette County Public Health. 

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe, free, widely available, and highly effective at preventing severe disease. Most of the hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are unvaccinated people.”

CDC recommendations on booster doses are based on the latest data, which show that booster doses significantly increase protection from the Omicron variant, with the goal of ensuring that people have optimal protection against COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death.

Appointments and masks are required for all Fayette County Public Health Vaccination clinics. Bring your COVID Vaccination Record if you have already received at least one dose and your health insurance card if you are getting a flu shot.

Vaccination Clinic Schedule Week of 1/24-28

January 24 –  Moderna 1st or 2nd dose, booster, call 740-335-5910 to schedule.

January 25 – All three COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, flu and high-dose flu from 11 a.m. -7 p.m. at Fayette County fairgrounds. Schedule online at faycohd.org/events or by phone – 740-335-5910. (FCPH office will be closed so staff can be offsite at the clinic)

January 27 – Johnson & Johnson 1st dose or booster, call 740-335-5910 to schedule.

January 28 –  Pfizer 1st or 2nd dose, booster, pediatric, call 740-335-5910 to schedule.

AEP Donates For Lucasville Area Park

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(AEP Press Release)- Lucasville is one of the few communities in southern Ohio without a park. With some help from AEP Ohio, that will soon change.

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AEP Ohio has donated $50,000 to Growing Lucasville Opportunities (GLO) – $25,000 this year and $25,000 next year – to help build a park on Robert Lucas Road about two miles from AEP Ohio’s local service center. GLO has put together a four-phase $700,000 plan for the construction of the park, which is part of a larger effort to bring more economic and community development to the area.

A planned park located a couple of miles from AEP Ohio’s service center in Lucasville will include an ampitheater, a gazebo, a playground and a nature trail.

A primary feature of the park will be the construction of a large amphitheater situated on the site’s hillside. Complete with a sound stage, speakers and benched seating, the open-air amphitheater (ideal as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID) will be a destination for school field trips, concerts and a practice area for high school drama, choir and band groups.

Engineering and topographical surveys of the site are wrapping up now. Groundbreaking is planned for the spring, with full completion of the first phase expected in late 2022.

Additional phases of the project include the construction of a neighboring picnic shelter (the amphitheater’s stage will be viewable from the gazebo), a quarter-mile paved walking path (with access to a nature trail, day camp and picnic area on the 20-acre public grounds) and a playground (one area will be for young children and another for older, bigger kids).

The initial schedule called for about four years of planning and construction; however, with local interest and investment on the rise, project planners say the park could be up and running much sooner.

“AEP Ohio gave us a tremendous kick-start with their support for the project,” said Ken Boldman, a retired AEP Ohio customer service supervisor and a member of the GLO governing committee. “The company has been an important part of the revitalization effort in Lucasville.”

Boldman says the Portsmouth highway bypass built in 2017 is one of the factors driving economic and business development in the area. While bypass plans were still under review, AEP Ohio decided to place its stake the community pre-emptively, purchasing land for a new brand service center in 2012 and relocating its Portsmouth distribution facility in 2017.

Lucasville community leaders saw the growth of nearby communities such as Portsmouth – fueled by the passion of local volunteers and the creation of 501(c)(3) organizations to push for change – and decided Lucasville could do the very same thing. With the help of companies such as AEP Ohio, that change is on its way.

“A lot of new businesses are coming in and there’s enthusiasm to see some growth,” Boldman said. “This park will be the biggest thing our group has done yet, and we hope to do more. There’s a lot of optimism in the community. It’s all good stuff.”