Intel groundbreaking

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (fourth from right), Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (sixth from right) and Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger (fifth from right) join politicians and business leaders from across the country to break ground on Intel's new site in western Licking County on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.

JOHNSTOWN -- President Joe Biden arrived in western Licking County on Friday to the smell of manure and diesel fuel, the sound of John Deere excavators beeping and whirring, and the site of what those in attendance called a "transformational" and "generational" project – not only for Ohio, but also America.

Intel, the California-based semiconductor chip manufacturing company that announced in January it would build a new, $20 billion campus in Ohio, had just broken ground there 90 minutes earlier.