The recent subsidies to Intel are an indication of escalating corporate subsidies and an escalating technology race that the U.S. cannot win. However, the new facility in Arizona could be a game changer for the company. In addition to providing a new source of revenue, the new facility will also increase the company’s capacity to serve outside customers. With its recent expansion, Intel has a chance to make a significant impact on the semiconductor industry.
Since the early 1990s, Intel has been expanding its footprint in the semiconductor industry, introducing two new semiconductor fabrication facilities at the Ocotillo campus in Chandler. Governor Doug Ducey and Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger attended the groundbreaking ceremony. Ducey congratulated the company for the new semiconductor production facilities and reiterated the company’s commitment to U.S. semiconductor leadership. He said that the groundbreaking ushers in a new era for Arizona’s innovation economy.
Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini has announced his retirement at the end of May 2013. The board of directors of Intel has announced a six-month transition period during which internal managers and external candidates will take over the role of president and CEO. The company’s financial results for the third quarter of 2012 indicate a 46.7% increase in net income, and Andrew Grove is expected to remain as CEO until a new CEO is appointed.