Intel selects first construction companies for $20 billion chip projects in Ohio

Mark Williams
The Columbus Dispatch
The heart of the Intel plant will be located on these farmfields along Green Chapel Road (bottom right). Mandatory Credit: Doral Chenoweth-The Columbus Dispatch

Intel has picked the first group of construction companies that will start work on what is Ohio's biggest economic development project.

Gilbane Building will manage early excavation work for the two factories that the semiconductor company is building in western Licking County, Intel said Thursday. Gilbane will partner with McDaniel's Construction, Northstar Contracting and GTSA Constructing Consulting on the work.

Intel has said it expects the project to create 7,000 construction jobs.

"Gilbane, with a reputation for national presence, local community investment and a hand in building some of the country’s most technologically advanced facilities, is the ideal partner as we build the new Silicon Heartland,” Keyvan Esfarjani, who heads Intel's global manufacturing operations, said in a statement.

Intel has said construction on the $20 billion project will start this fall with the first chips to be produced in 2025.

Beyond the 3,000 jobs at the two plants and 7,000 construction jobs, Intel says the project is expected to create thousands of additional jobs for electricians and engineers and indirect jobs in restaurants, health care, housing and entertainment.

Gilbane will manage the team’s work to prepare the site for the construction of Intel’s factories and drive economic inclusion to provide sustainable opportunities for diverse firms throughout the project.

McDaniel’s, Northstar and GTSA Construction will provide staff augmentation and consulting services for the first phase of the project.

“Gilbane is honored to partner with Intel on this transformative project in central Ohio. Intel’s investment in Ohio is significant and will drive sustained economic growth for generations to come,” Thomas Laird Jr., CEO of Gilbane, said in a statement.

Gilbane has been providing construction management services in Ohio since 1957.

Gilbane has set goals based on Intel's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

For diverse business enterprises, the project is targeting 20% diverse business enterprises and 50% Ohio companies. For workforce, the project is targeting 10% participation for minority, women and veteran workforce and 60% Ohioans.