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First “Super Load” for New Albany Scheduled to Begin Trip

Mar. 28, 2024 – The fourth of nearly two dozen “super loads” is scheduled to begin the journey north from Adams County on April 3 with delivery on April 9. This will be the first load to head to New Albany and the new $28 billion Intel plant in Licking County.

The schedule includes a pause for the solar eclipse, which is expected to bring a significant increase in traffic to the state of Ohio. The convoy will stop in West Portsmouth, Chillicothe, Rickenbacker, and Pickerington or Pataskala before delivery.

This load, an air processor, weighs 378,400 pounds, is 19’3” tall, 20’ wide, and 128.5’ long.

“These loads are the building blocks of our economy and represent thousands of good paying jobs that will improve the lives of Ohioans for generations,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “With this first super load headed to the Intel site, we are making even more progress in building the Silicon Heartland.”

The Ohio Department of Transportation has carefully analyzed and planned the route to make sure these super loads can be accommodated. Since each load will be escorted by several Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, emergency traffic will get around the rolling roadblock with minimal delay. Working with partners like local governments and utility companies, obstructions along the route such as large overhead signs, traffic signals, and utility lines have been adjusted and moved.

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New Albany Praises CHIPS Funding for Intel

March 20, 2024 – Intel Corp. and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce today announced up to $8.5 billion in direct funding for Intel through the CHIPS and Science Act. CHIPS Act funding aims to increase U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and research and development capabilities, especially in leading-edge semiconductors.

The proposed funding would help advance Intel’s projects across the country, including Ohio, where Intel is investing more than $28 billion to construct two new leading-edge chip factories at the Ohio One campus in New Albany. This investment is expected to create 3,000 Intel jobs and 7,000 construction jobs, and support tens of thousands of additional jobs with suppliers and partners.

“Today is a defining moment for the U.S. and Intel as we work to power the next great chapter of American semiconductor innovation,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. “AI is supercharging the digital revolution and everything digital needs semiconductors. CHIPS Act support will help to ensure that Intel and the U.S. stay at the forefront of the AI era as we build a resilient and sustainable semiconductor supply chain to power our nation’s future.”

“This CHIPS funding represents an important step in our nation’s effort to substantially increase domestic manufacturing of computer chips,” said New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding. “This is a national defense issue as much as it is an economic issue. American military hardware, along with the computers and electronic goods that fuel our economy, should be powered by American-made chips. Here in Ohio and New Albany, specifically, we are excited about the future with Intel locating here and their commitment to build the Silicon Heartland.”

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Statewide Impact of Ohio Intel Project Evident in Initial Progress Report

March 15, 2024 – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today released a report that outlines Intel Corporation’s progress toward its two new semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Licking County, which continue to move forward with far-reaching impacts across the state.

The report, prepared by Intel and submitted to the Ohio Department of Development, shows that the company has spent approximately $1.5 billion through Dec. 31, 2023. With an additional $3 billion contractually committed, this brings the total committed investment by Intel in Ohio to $4.5 billion to date.

“The state’s agreement with Intel includes the requirement for an annual report outlining its progress and the resulting impact on Ohio’s economy and workforce,” said Governor DeWine. “Transparency is always important, and we believe the public should be kept well-informed on the statewide impact of this transformative project.”

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A Public Safety Message

As construction-related traffic increases in New Albany, our officers remain committed to the safety of our residents, visitors, and those working in this community. The New Albany Police Department has enhanced officer traffic enforcement in the New Albany International Business Park to address community concerns. We expect to continue to monitor traffic and enforce laws in the area as the construction activity continues.

We thank residents in the area for their cooperation in maintaining a safe environment. We ask that they continue to be patient, to expect occasional traffic delays, and to keep up with the frequent changes in traffic patterns and work zones. It is also more important than ever for motorists to have their full attention on the task of driving, particularly in construction zones. Construction workers near the road on foot and driving equipment are especially vulnerable in the event of an accident. Please obey the speed limit and follow the direction of traffic advisory signage.

We are proud to serve this community and will continue to take a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of all those who live, work, and play in New Albany.

In the News
Intel’s Ohio project’s first phase upped to $28B upon Chips Act award
March 20, 2024: Intel has increased the construction estimate for its Ohio One semiconductor fabrication complex to $28 billion, up from $20 billion when announced in January 2022.
UC receives federal money to expand Intel’s labor pool
March 11, 2024: University of Cincinnati will receive federal money from the latest appropriations bill to help Intel build out a workforce for its new microchip manufacturing plant in central Ohio.
Columbus State on expanding the women workforce in the manufacturing industry
March 4, 2024: Intel's investment in Ohio also comes with a promise to invest in bringing more women into the tech workforce, and it's starting at the college level.
COTA to Study Dublin-to-Intel Transit Connection
Feb. 21, 2024: COTA plans to use a state grant and some of its own funds to study the feasibility of a new transit connection between Dublin and New Albany.
Intel marks 2 years at Ohio One
Feb. 7, 2024: Despite reported delays, those living near the Intel Ohio One site will be seeing more activity there in the coming days.
As Intel Ohio waits for Chips Act incentives, here are the subsidies it’s received so far
Feb. 2, 2024: Ohio has more than made good on the $2 billion in incentives pledged for the largest private investment ever in the state.
Intel pushes back timeline on Ohio plants; affirms commitment to $20 billion project
Feb. 1, 2024: Intel Corp. is pushing back its timetable to complete the $20 billion semiconductor plant complex it's building in New Albany.
AEP Ohio picks routes for massive new transmission lines near Licking County Intel plant
Jan. 31, 2024: AEP has settled on two routes in Delaware and Licking counties where it wants to bolster its transmission system in anticipation of Intel.
Ohio State’s CAFE program preps students to work at Intel
Jan. 31, 2024: Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Semiconductor Fabrication Research and Education (CAFE) gives students hands-on experience with semiconductors.
Billions at stake as Intel, other companies await awards from federal CHIPS Act
Jan. 29, 2024: Intel and other big semiconductor manufacturers may be on the verge of finally collecting billions in subsidies from the $52.7 billion federal CHIPS Act.
How Intel’s $20 billion Ohio One project is reshaping the Columbus region
Jan. 22, 2024: Cranes line the horizon, over a billion pounds of earth have shifted and miles of new roadways are beginning to crisscross the countryside.
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