$1.9 billion computer chip production facility to make its way to Kansas

Gov. Kelly announces the expansion of a computer chip production facility in Kansas on Feb. 20,...
Gov. Kelly announces the expansion of a computer chip production facility in Kansas on Feb. 20, 2023.(WIBW/Rick Felsburg)
Published: Feb. 20, 2023 at 2:31 PM CST
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BURLINGTON, Kan. (WIBW) - As a computer chip shortage in the U.S. causes prices to skyrocket, one company will open a new $1.9 billion computer chip production facility in the Sunflower State and create thousands of jobs.

On Monday, Feb. 20, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly traveled to EMP Shield in Burlington to announce that the company will invest $1.9 billion in a computer chip production facility in the Sunflower State.

“Bringing economic prosperity to every corner of the state – particularly rural Kansas – has been a priority since my very first day in office,” Kelly said. “We achieve that with this project, creating thousands of high-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree and proving that every Kansas community is ripe for investment and growth.”

Gov. Kelly indicated that the move will produce thousands of highly-coveted computer chips per week and create 1,200 new jobs. Wages for the new positions will average $66,000 each year.

“This high-tech advanced manufacturing project will provide lucrative career opportunities for hard-working Kansans,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Our economic development strategy is designed to keep nurturing the roots of our young talent so they can remain here in Kansas.”

The project is part of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act signed into law August 2022. The bipartisan legislation called for every aspect of computer chip production to be brought back to the United States.

EMP Shield is working with area partners such as Coffey County; Flint Hills Technical College; Allen County Community College; Pittsburg State University; the University of Kansas; Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce; Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Unified School Districts 243, 244 and 245 to enable high school graduates and those with two-year degrees train and earn a job, allowing them to stay in Kansas.

Like Integra Technologies, Kelly said EMP Shield will use the state’s support to apply for federal CHIPS funds to round out needed resources to complete the expansion.