The world’s largest land-based mobile crane has finished the heavy lifting at Intel’s massive construction site in Hillsboro, Ore.
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.
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.
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 approximately 5-7 weeks.
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 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.
When President Barack Obama visited an Oregon factory earlier 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.