AMD Foundries "Global Foundries" is building a new Fab in U.S. Samsung, certainly a "giant" now in foundry business makes parts for Apple in their U.S. fab.
Actually, the U.S. is still doing quite well in the chip making business. There was a recent article hear that had stats for worldwide chip production. One might be surprised at the U.S. production.
Although a bit embarrassing, I think there is likely more information not made public related to the story than what we have been told.
Besides, since Intel' fabs are about the only new commercial and residential construction that has occurred in the Phoenix area in the last 3 years, the workers should just be happy the have work!
I admire Intel who maintains its fabs presence in US. Fab employs manufacturing jobs and it employs many. How many other US tech companies could say that?
Qualcomm is fabless. Apple is fabless. Even Cypress and AMD closed their US fabs (because of cost) and outsourced it to outside of the country. TSMC, UMC, and SMIC are the giant players in semiconductor fab and all of their fabs are in Asia.
I have once read a presentation from a manager of a semiconductor company. Maintaining a fab in US is more expensive than outsourcing it to SMIC. And that does not consider cynical chip demand and the need to upgrade the fab equipment.
So, I appreciate Intel's effort to keep its fabs in US.
I do not know the whole story but I think we need to get the fact straight:
1. The original article from ktar.com mentions that they are construction workers led by Hoffman Construction. Why are they called "Intel workers"? The article does not said if the workers are Intel full timers, temps (assigned to the site by outside companies), or visitors. EE times should verify the source.
2. Who is responsible to do the background check of contractors? I do not know.
3. An analogy. You have a house cleaned daily by X from company Y. You have an in-law visit next month on the very same day so you reschedule it in advance. Do you still pay for that service?
Let's see if I have this right.
Intel's non-unionized workers can't show up for a visit by the President, but he can have all the GM union workers and supporters around his as in this Sept. 2011 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT8jUtgkGsY.
Can anyone honestly say the open air setting in Detroit was more secure than that which Intel and the CIA/FBI could muster within Intel's own facilities and with it's own employees?
I think not!
Wow. What a bad policy for Intel!
If they wre truly worried about "security," then it was incumbent upon them to make this a day of paid leave for the workers. This last-minute "rescheduling," where presumably managers may find it okay to have the workers show up over the weekend, is hardly a fix to their blunder.
I've always wondered about what goes on inside the heads of managers and corporate executives. This is just another example.