Gas Leak At Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Arizona Plant; 43 People Reported Sick

Boston, MA, 07/01/2013 (nysepost) – Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is engaged in designing and manufacturing integrated digital technology platform which consists of a microprocessor and chipset. It was reported on early Saturday, that there has been a gas leak in Intel’s second largest manufacturing plant situated in Chandler. One of the buildings of the plant was evacuated after this leakage and the gas was identified to be Nitrogen TriFlouride as reported by a fire department spokesperson Tom Dwiggins, the Battalion Chief.

The source of the leak was identified to be a manufacturing tool used in company’s silicon wafer fabrication facilities. Chuck Mulloy the Intel’s spokesman said that the tool has been taken offline and the operations have resumed at the plant and the company is investigating into the cause of such malfunction. He also stated that there are no dangers both for the company and the neighborhoods.

Silicon Wafers are used by the company to manufacture semiconductors for the computer. These components are made on a 12 inch silicon wafer which are later sliced into individual components and contains more than a billion transistors. Initially a worker complained about difficulty in breathing and later the same was experienced by others. Due to this, 43 people have fallen sick including 11 who are being treated in a local hospital. The people transported to hospital stated that they were having difficulty in breathing, skin and eye irritation with nausea.

The Chandler plant employs around 11,000 people and operates two high-volume semi conductor manufacturing facilities and its third facility is due to open this year, according to the company website.

The company has traded a volume of 80.41 million shares in its previous day’s trading session in comparison to an average volume of 39.37 million shares being traded. The stock of the company posted an increase of 0.75% to close at $24.23.

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