One of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, Micron Technology Inc., is considering the Austin area for a new plant to expand its chipmaking, the Austin Business Journal reported.
As the current global shortage of semiconductors carries on, Idaho-based Micron Technology plans to invest more than $150 billion in the coming decade to expand chipmaking capabilities. Investment in the new site is rumored to be at $40 billion, an amount that would far outpace Samsung’s.
This scouting for sites comes in the wake of a major development for chipmaking in Central Texas. In November, Samsung announced that it selected Taylor, Texas as the site of its $17 billion chipmaking facility.
The Micron Technology plant is reportedly being considered in neighboring Caldwell and Williamson counties. They aren’t the only ones in the running, however. California and North Carolina are also being eyed as possible sites. And so is Arizona, where the Phoenix Business Journal says the operation could add 10,000 jobs if the state is selected.
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Before Taylor ultimately won the Samsung plant, the tech giant had also considered Arizona and New York, but was drawn to Texas for its incentives program.
Micron Technology has an optimistic outlook for the year ahead. The chip maker's stock gained about 38% in the last three months and is heading toward its first record close in more than two decades.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."