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Intel’s Expansion Shows Merit of Jobs Training

From The Oregonian, “Intel snaps up PCC Rock Creek grads as it feeds record chip demand“:

Intel, feeding record demand for its computer chips, has hired nearly all of the 15 graduates from this June’s class in Portland Community College’s microelectronics program and is looking for more skilled graduates.

The company is enjoying banner sales and is building a new, $3 billion research factory called D1X in Hillsboro. That facility — known as a fab in the chip industry — will employ 1,000 when it opens in 2013.

Intel has 15,000 Oregon workers — more than any other business. And the California-based company plans to add more than 4,000 U.S. jobs this year alone.

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Intel Announces $5 billion Investment, 4,000 New Employees

Heck of a day in Hillsboro. With President Obama on hand, Intel CEO Paul Otellini made some news, “President Obama Visits Intel’s Oregon Research and Manufacturing Site, Highlights Education, Jobs and Innovation.” Highlights:

  • Intel hosts President Obama at its world-class semiconductor research and manufacturing site in Hillsboro, Ore.
  • President discusses jobs and competitiveness in the global economy.
  • Intel CEO Paul Otellini announces plans to build a new $5 billion-plus factory in Arizona.
  • Otellini also reveals plans to hire 4,000 new U.S. employees this year.
  • Education showcased as the President meets with science and math students.

From Otellini’s remarks, the portion describing the new plant going up at Intel’s Ronler Acres site in Hillsboro.

This new factory will play a central role extending Intel’s unquestioned leadership in semiconductor
manufacturing. The transistors and chips it will produce will be the most dynamic platform for innovation
that our company has ever created. Together they will enable more capable computers, the most
advanced consumer electronics and mobile devices, the brains inside the next generation of robotics, and
thousands of other applications that have yet to be invented…. (continue reading…)

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President Obama’s Visits to Manufacturers

By our count, President Obama’s tour of Intel’s operations in Hillsboro, Ore., today will mark the 26th manufacturing facility he has visited since taking office.

We’ve updated our full spreadsheet on his factory visits with information about products, themes, and links to the President’s remarks here. The list is below.

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President Names Intel’s CEO to Jobs Council

The Oregonian has the news today, “Intel and Obama embrace in Hillsboro today over shared priorities“:

President Barack Obama and Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini share a stage for the first time today when the president arrives in Hillsboro to tout the chip maker’s education initiatives and investment in domestic manufacturing.

After a difficult courtship, the Democratic president and Republican CEO have found common ground on innovation and education. Obama this morning will appoint Otellini to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, adding a top-tier name from the tech industry to a new group charged with boosting U.S. economic performance.

The appointment, and today’s meeting in Hillsboro, is the fruit of more assertive lobbying by the high-tech industry and Obama’s need to display closer ties to business.

News reports highlight critical comments Otellini has made about the Administration’s economic policies, views that represent many of those in manufacturing.

From The Hill, “White House reaches out to Intel critic who blasted job policies“:

Asked during an interview in August what advice he would give the president on jobs, Otellini said: 

“The most important thing the current administration can do is remove the number of variables out there. There are so many things where business leaders can’t predict what’s going to happen. Businesses don’t like uncertainty. When you start reducing the variables and putting predictability into the system, you can now make informed decisions.”

 The President’s Council is chaired by Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, and Otellini becomes the second person named to the panel. We trust that the President’s upcoming appointments will include more manufacturers and representatives from small business.

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President’s Visit to Intel to Highlight Education, Jobs

From The White House, “Background on the President’s Trip to Intel and Investments in Education“:

This Friday, the President will travel to Hillsboro, Oregon and visit Intel Corporation where he will tour the world’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility with Intel CEO Paul Otellini. The President will also learn more about Intel’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs and Intel’s efforts to better prepare people to compete for high-tech jobs and be the minds behind the next great inventions.  He will then make remarks about the importance of out-educating the competition in order to win the future…

Companies like Intel are helping us achieve these important education and innovation goals. They know that government and industry must work together so that America can out-educate, out-build, and out-innovate the rest of world.   Over the past decade, Intel and the Intel Foundation have invested more than $1 billion toward improving education.  In 2010, in conjunction with President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign, Intel announced a 10-year, $200 million commitment to advance education in math and science in the U.S. Intel is also one of four founding companies of Change the Equation, a CEO-led initiative designed to answer the president’s call to move the U.S. to the top in science and math education over the next decade.

The President’s remarks will be webcast at WhiteHouse.gov starting at 2:35 p.m. Eastern time, which is 11:35 a.m. Hillsboro time

There’s more detail on the President’s schedule today here. He’s flying into Portland International Airport, on the east side of PDX. (The Hillsboro airport is a good-size operation and less than a half-mile from the Intel plant. Must still be too small.)

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Was Watson Invited?

From The San Francisco Chronicle, “Obama to dine with Bay Area high-tech titans“:

President Obama, making his eighth official visit to California, is coming to the Bay Area today for an intimate dinner with some of the Bay Area’s star high-tech executives – a session aimed at focusing on innovation, job creation and education….

Those leaders included Google’s Eric Schmidt, Intel’s Paul Otellini and Cisco Systems’ John Chambers. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – whose company Obama has praised as an innovation leader – will be among the guests, Bloomberg News reported, citing a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Bloomberg also reports the planned attendance of Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric and the chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

When President Obama spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 7, he said the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness would hold its first meeting on Feb. 24, a week from today. We haven’t seen anything else about that meeting in the news, though.

Also, members of the Innovation Coalition, a national network of technology and entrepreneurial associations held a Washington fly-in Wednesday to promote policies that support innovation and R&D.

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President to Visit Intel, Oregon, to Learn about STEM Education

From the White House’s weekly schedule:

On Friday, the President will visit Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. While at Intel the President will tour the world’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility as well as learn more about Intel’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs.

The President will appear with Intel President Paul Otellini, USA TODAY reports.

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From Manufacturers, Technology, Innovation and Honors

Congratulations to the recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, honored by President Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

  • Harry W. Coover, Eastman Chemical Company, TN
    “For his invention of cyanoacrylates—novel adhesives known widely to consumers as ‘super glues’—which today play significant roles in medicine and industry.”
  • Helen M. Free, Miles Laboratories, IN
    “For her seminal contributions to diagnostic chemistry through development of dip-and-read urinalysis, which gave rise to a technological revolution in convenient, reliable, point-of-care tests and patient self-monitoring.”
  • Steven J. Sasson, Eastman Kodak Company, NY
    “For the invention of the digital camera, which has revolutionized the way images are captured, stored, and shared, creating new opportunities in commerce, education, and global communication.”
  • Federico Faggin, Marcian E. Hoff Jr., Stanley Mazor; Intel Corporation, CA
    “For the conception, design and application of the first microprocessor, which was commercially adopted and became the universal building block of digital electronic systems, significantly impacting the global economy and people’s day-to-day lives.”

The President’s remarks are available here. The White House ceremonies also honored the recipients of the National Medal of Science. You can watch the event here.

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To Compete, the America COMPETES Act

John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, last week joined six other leaders in education, technology and business in urging the Senate to move quickly and pass the America COMPETES Act. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Ranking Member McConnell, the signers explained the legislation’s critical importance to education and U.S. competitiveness.  Excerpt:

The original America COMPETES Act, enacted with strong bipartisan support in 2007, was designed to respond to concerns raised by the seminal National Academies’ report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm. The Act has played a crucial role in charting our nation’s path forward by focusing attention on the critical steps our nation must take to foster innovation and keep the United States competitive in the global economy – investing in basic research and our workforce through effective STEM programs. However, the original COMPETES Act was meant to be the first,  three-year installment of a longer-term commitment toward achieving these goals. Sustaining these investments in research, and developing a highly educated, scientifically literate workforce are both essential to our country’s continued success in making the scientific discoveries and developing the cutting-edge technologies that will propel our economy in the future.

The House bill is H.R. 5116, which passed 262-150 in  May. The Senate bill is S. 3605, and it has already been passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee.

As the letter concludes: “We recognize the dire fiscal challenges facing the nation and the difficult choices on federal spending that policymakers must make. Continued strong funding of basic research and STEM education programs will help ensure  the economic growth needed torestore long-term fiscal strength and national prosperity.”

The other signers: (continue reading…)

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More Good News — Jobs, Innovation, Computer Power

It’s good news Tuesday around Shopfloor.org, and this is pretty darn good. From Intel, a news release, “Intel Announces Multi-Billion-Dollar Investment in Next-Generation Manufacturing in U.S.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Intel Corporation announced today that the company will invest between $6 billion and $8 billion on future generations of manufacturing technology in its American facilities. The action will fund deployment of Intel’s next-generation 22-nanometer (nm) manufacturing process across several existing U.S. factories, along with construction of a new development fabrication plant (commonly called a “fab”) in Oregon. The projects will support 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs and result in 800 to 1,000 new permanent high-tech jobs.

“Today’s announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore’s Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow.”

Intel project, Hillsboro, Oregon

One of the local papers, The Beaverton Valley Times reports, “Intel investment fuels region’s ‘economic engine’: New fab plant means jobs and commitment to Washington County”: “Intel Corp. is investing big in Washington County as part of a $6 billion to $8 billion plan to develop its next-generation, 22-nanometer process technology.”

Your correspondent knows the site well, having grown up a few miles down the road from what was for many, many years an open field. It was a good place to shoot off model rockets.

Now, it’s a good place for innovation and employment. Intel has many more materials available at its online press kit.

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