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Intel finds a new home in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Intel is all about small parts, but made a big splash a year ago.

"If not for Intel coming in and making this acquisition, we don't know what would have happened to those jobs necessarily," remembers Intel's Jonathan Williams. 

The company known for making computer chips struck a deal with Cray in Chippewa Falls.  Intel paid Cray $140 million to use part of its building and a good chunk of the company's workforce.

"We were in shared space with Cray going back to May of 2012," Williams points out.

But Intel eventually wanted its own space, which has now happened.  Tuesday was moving day to a new building on Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire.

"This is a job retention story," says Williams.  "Folks get excited about job growth and new job creation stories and those are exciting stories as well.  But sometimes those job retention stories are as important to communities and that is what this story is about."

Seven hardware engineers have been hired in the past few weeks and Intel plans to add another some more very soon.

"It's exciting that they are here in the Chippewa Valley," explains Governor Scott Walker.  "You've got a major corporation that has made an investment here.  Some really top talent in engineering and other related fields and so one of our goals is to make sure that we continue to make it profitable to be here in the Chippewa Valley."

Intel is looking to hire five more hardware engineers.  WQOW asked how much those jobs pay, but Intel declined to release that information.

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