Intel Corp., the world’s leading computer chipmaker, has decided to build a second, $4 billion plant in southern Israel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his Cabinet on Sunday.
But an Intel spokesman in Israel, Koby Bahar, said the company has not made a decision to build a new plant in Israel.
Sharon said Intel Chief Executive Craig Barrett told him over the phone Saturday night that his company had chosen Kiryat Gat, where Intel already has a major factory, for the site of its new plant, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. The plant would employ 2,000 workers, the statement said.
The Israeli Finance Ministry wasn’t aware of the decision, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade wasn’t immediately available for comment.