Plans revealed before current expansion completed

Although Intel has not completed work on its new production facility in Hillsboro yet, the company has already announced plans to expand it.

Intel spokesman Bill MacKenzie says the expansion will be done to accommodate new semiconductor manufacturing technology expected to be deployed industry-wide later this decade. He would not disclose exactly what will be produced at the facility or the number of employees who will work there, however.

Intel disclosed on Wednesday that it is filing permit applications to expand the D1X fab — as it is called — currently under construction on the Ronler Acres Campus. It is expected to begin operations next year.

The expansion project will include a second module that will be attached directly to the D1X. It also includes construction of an office building, a manufacturing support building, and a parking structure.

Construction of the expansion will begin in 2013 and is expected to take more than two years to complete.

The budget for the D1X fab is around $3 billion. Intel will not reveal the cost of the expansion until next year.

Oregon First District Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici released the following statement after the announcement:

"The expansion of the DX1 facility is great news for Washington County and for Oregon. The initial construction on this site created thousands of good, family wage jobs in the building trades. Today's announcement about further expansion will mean continued employment for these workers and new jobs for additional researchers and engineers. Additionally, this investment in research and development here in Oregon is a demonstration of our culture of innovation, which attracts companies from around the world to the Silicon Forest. Intel has been an excellent community partner, helping build a strong local science and engineering workforce from the ground up. It will be exciting to see the many discoveries that will come from the DX1 research facility, some of which might be made by researchers inspired to pursue a career in technology because of the investments Intel has made in our region.”

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