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No layoffs for Intel in Hillsboro seen in 2014

Intel is not planning any layoffs at its Hillsboro manufacturing facilities, even though the company expects to trim its global work force by 5 percent this year.

Intel Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith revealed the reductions in a conference call with reporters Jan. 17. Intel has 107,000 employees worldwide, meaning a 5 percent reduction would be 5,350 workers.

“To be clear, we are not announcing a layoff,” said local Intel spokeswoman Chelsea Hossaini. “Business groups are developing plans to reduce spending, and this will include some reduction in headcount. In addition, we are realigning and refocusing our resources to meet the needs of the business.

“When we talk about reduction of the work force, there are a number of things that can happen. It could include redeployments, voluntary programs, retirements — and through attrition.”

Intel officials recently said the company was mothballing a manufacturing plant in Arizona, and had previously announced cutbacks in Massachusetts and Mexico. The company is investing more than $6 billion in new manufacturing plants in Hillsboro, however. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber recently signed a deal with Intel guaranteeing its current state tax status in exchange for a promise to create at least 500 new jobs at the D1X Fab 2 plant currently under construction at the Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro.

“Intel will make critical decisions to align resources to meet the needs of the business this year. This will include targeted work force reduction in addition to realignment of resources,” Hossaini said.

The moves are largely in response to lagging demand for personal computers (PCs), a primary market for the chips produced by Intel. The California-based company hopes to rebound with products suited for growing technologies, including smart phones.

Intel is the largest private employer in Oregon, with more than 17,000 workers at its facilities in Hillsboro and Aloha.



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