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Giant Crane Finishes Job at High-Tech Factory

The Mammoth Crane Integral to Building Intel's Multi-Billion-Dollar Chip Manufacturing Plant in Oregon is on to the Next Project

The world’s largest land-based mobile crane has finished the heavy lifting at Intel’s massive construction site in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The Lampson International LTL-2600 Transi-Lift, billed as the largest mobile construction crane in the world, has been on site for several weeks installing giant roof trusses on D1X, Intel’s multi-billion-dollar factory currently under construction here.

The Lampson LTL-2600 Transi-Lift is the largest mobile industrial crane in the world, capable of lifting and moving 2,600 tons. The crane has been working on Intel’s massive new factory construction project outside Hillsboro, Oregon, for the past five to seven weeks. (Flickr photo)

Kate Lampson, director of public affairs and marketing for Lampson International, said the crane’s job at D1X wrapped up this week and workers have already begun dismantling it in preparation for shipment and transport to its next job, which may be in Norway, she said.

Intel’s Ronler Acres campus features a wetland area that was kept intact and enhanced as part of the original construction project that began there in 1994. When finished, D1X will be the fourth major fab on the site; there’s also a small pathfinding research fab located here. (Flickr photo)

Lampson declined to put a value on the big crane or discuss how much Intel paid to have it on site, but previous published reports put the rental at $5 million and it has been at the site for about five to seven weeks.

The giant crane looms large along with several other construction cranes at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. The site is directly across the street from the award-winning Orenco Station residential neighborhood where Intel made an effort to communicate closely on the construction project and handed out “pardon our dust” car wash certificates to residents. (Flickr photo)

The crane has an “ultimate capacity” exceeding 2,600 tons, according to Lampson. That means a lift capacity of over half a million pounds, or the equivalent of 67 large male elephants in a single lift. What makes it unique to other heavy-lift industrial cranes is it can be fully mobile under load, Lampson said.

The big crane and its counterweight recently completed installing the large white roof trusses seen in D1X on the left, with Mount Hood in the distance. (Flickr photo)

The construction is part of a massive investment in U.S. manufacturing that Intel announced in October of last year, and again in February of this year. Overall, the company is spending between $6 billion and $8 billion to expand U.S. manufacturing including D1X, while upgrading existing facilities in Oregon and Arizona. Another new $5 billion factory in Arizona was announced in February, and construction is now underway.

D1X with the recently completed roof trusses in place. With that job done, the big crane will be disassembled and moved in approximately 85 to 100 separate truckloads to its next location, according to the owner of the crane, Lampson International. (Flickr photo)

When President Barack Obama visited an Oregon factory this year, Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini said the D1X project would generate 3,000 construction jobs over 2 years and require 19,000 tons of steel, 13,000 truckloads of cement and more than 40 miles of pipe before it was done. When finished, the clean room alone — the main floor where silicon development and manufacturing is done — will be the size of four football fields, according to Otellini.

Otellini said D1X is scheduled for start-up in 2013 and will be the first 14nm microprocessor manufacturing facility in the world.

This content was originally published on the Intel Free Press website.

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