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Taiwan's TSMC begins hiring blitz for $12bn US plant

Chip champion plans to set up 600-strong initial workforce for Arizona facility

TSMC is bringing together veteran employees and new talent to staff its planned chip plant in Arizona. (Source photos by Reuters and TSMC)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is aggressively recruiting over 600 engineers and executives for what will be its first U.S. plant in 20 years, Nikkei Asia has learned.

The world's largest contract chipmaker will initially bring together a mix of current employees and new hires to staff a $12 billion chipmaking plant it will start building next year in Arizona, TSMC Chairman Mark Liu told Nikkei. The hiring push comes with American officials and lawmakers calling on semiconductor companies to bring more of their operations to the U.S.

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