NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Jan. 27th, 2022) – Mayor Joel Day is optimistic about what Intel’s decision to build two computer chip manufacturing plants in Licking County could mean for this area.
Day says he expects the economic benefits to reach here because of the proximity and access to I-77.
“Suppliers to Intel no longer must be in China or India. They can be in our county and our city, less than two hours away from the two chip plants.”
Day says the goal now is to reach out to those suppliers and show them what his administration and council have done in recent years to prepare the city for such growth.
That includes improving infrastructure, adding bike and pedestrian paths, revitalizing the downtown, and supporting Kent State Tuscarawas and the schools to educate and train the next generation of skilled workers.
“I have always believed that the assets we have in our community make it competitive and the best city in the county to live, raise a family, and do business.”
Intel says construction on its $20-billion facility is expected to begin late next year, with production coming online at the end of 2025.