In the midst of a nasty recession, anyone looking to build a brand new $12 billion manufacturing plant really stands out.
And in this case, it’s not the price tag that is the most important part of the deal.
It’s the fact that it’s all about what lies at the heart of our fast-moving digital economy.
Indeed, the devices to be made there are nothing short of critical because they power everything from mobile devices to PCs to artificial intelligence.
Of course, I’m talking about semiconductors. The new plant in Arizona, big enough to employ 1,600 people, will produce some of the most advanced chips ever released.
The news comes as the chip sector continues to post solid gains in a weak, COVID-focused economy.
For August, the last month for full data, global chip sales showed a yearly gain of 4.9% to $34.5 billion.
The chipmaker I have in mind is a global leader that has doubled the S&P 500’s return since the market bounced back on March 23.
They are relied on by some of the most prominent device makers in the world, like Apple Inc. (AAPL), along with chip designers like Intel Corp. (INTC), Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), and Nvidia Corp. (NVDA).