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Intel to Lay off Thousands, Close Facilities

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The economy train is still going strong, just without passengers. Intel is now planning to lay off up to 6,000 employees and close some of its facilities.

Intel plans to cut up to nearly 6,000 jobs and close four facilities in a move that will see the chip giant restructuring its manufacturing operations. Announced on Wednesday, two assembly and test facilities – one in Penang, Malaysia and another in Cavite, Philippines, will slowly be brought to an end. Intel also plans to halt production at two wafer-production plants – Fab 20, which is an older 200mm wafer fabrication plant located in Hillsboro, Oregon, and D2, a facility in Santa Clara, California.

These changes will affect between 5,000 and 6,000 employees of Intel worldwide according to Intel. However, not all of these employees will be out of work as Intel plans to offer some employees a chance to relocate and take up work at other facilities not included into the restructuring plans.

Intel will gradually be closing the four facilities between now and the end of 2009. According to Intel the closures are designed to “align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions.”

For the first time  Intel has seen its profits plunge nearly 90 percent from a nearly a year previous – falling short of Wall Street estimates. CEO Paul Otellini told employees last week that the company could very well see its first quarterly loss in 22 years.

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    nekatreven , January 23, 2009 5:16 PM
    Perhaps if they hadn't been undercutting their prices so drastically the last few years trying to kill AMD they'd have more cash.

    I don't feel sorry for the company at all...
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    phizik , January 23, 2009 5:45 PM
    hopefully Intel Development Center in Israel is next (finger crossed).
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    Pei-chen , January 23, 2009 6:00 PM
    Intel should only lay off oversea workers and lower price on C2D/Q series chips.
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    squatchman , January 23, 2009 6:03 PM
    AMD has been trying to kill AMD for the last few years. You can't fault Intel for having the better lineup of products.
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    doggykyle , January 23, 2009 7:09 PM
    Intel did not post a loss for Q4 they were down 90% from Q3 but they still had a net profit of ~$240 million. Do a little bit of fact checking.
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    ravenware , January 24, 2009 1:45 AM
    How many thousands if not millions of jobs are going to be cut this year?

    And how many are going to be open.
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    Christopher1 , January 25, 2009 3:34 PM
    ravenwareHow many thousands if not millions of jobs are going to be cut this year?And how many are going to be open.


    That is a VERY freaking good question... it appears that the government will have to step in somehow and tell these companies "Stop laying off workers, decrease executive compensation!" at some point in order to get them to do what they SHOULD be doing.