Intel CEO Paul Otellini unveiled plans to build a new $5 billion dollar manufacturing plant in Arizona, a move that will fuel hiring at the company. The company will also be hiring a "significant number" of software developers in 2011, said a spokeswoman.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip manufacturing giant announced plans to hire 4,000 new staff this year. The hires would focus on hardware and software development and manufacturing, said Intel spokesman Tom Waldrop. Roughly half of all new hires will be for fresh graduates, he said.
Earlier this year, Intel announced plans to hire more in 2011 than its 2010 hiring goal of 1,000 in response to increasing chip-production demands. The company eclipsed that goal and added about 2,000 to headcount last year.
"A vast majority of the positions overall are going to go toward designing and delivering Intel's innovative technology," said Gail Dundas, Intel spokeswoman. "Intel is really growing in the software arena, so we need a significant number of software engineers."
The spokeswoman said the hires were decided as part of an annual hiring plan strategy targeted at "meeting continuing business needs."
While many of the new hires will be at its new Chandler, Ariz., fabrication plant, hiring will also take place across Intel offices in four other states, Intel spokespeople told FINS. The hiring will be distributed across offices in Oregon, California, New Mexico, and Massachusetts.
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