Intel may ask hundreds of workers from its plant in Co. Kildare, Ireland to transfer to the United States.

Up to 300 staff could leave the Lexilip facility for the U.S. since the multi-national company decided to move production of its next generation computer chip across the Atlantic, reports the Sunday Business Post.

The move comes as Intel scales back production due to the uncertain global market.
Intel is Ireland’s largest multinational employer. Any suggestion of Intel cutting back would have huge consequences for the economy.

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Intel first decided to locate a technology campus in Ireland in 1989 and production of motherboards and systems began the following year.

Since then, over €6.0 billion has been invested in the 360 acre former stud farm, turning it into the most technologically advanced industrial location in Europe.

Over 4,000 people work at the Intel campus in Leixlip. In addition, over 200 people are employed at Intel Communications Europe, the Ireland product development arm of our Communications Product Group, located in Shannon, Co. Clare.