NORTH PHOENIX, AZ - President Joe Biden toured the TSMC semiconductor/wafer fab facility north of Phoenix, AZ, on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The visit coincided with the facility’s “first tool-in” ceremony, a formal milestone for all wafer fab facilities, marking the first manufacturing equipment moved to the shop floor. Mr. Biden was joined by TSMC founder Morris Chang, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and a large gathering of political officials, including U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and incoming Arizona governor Katie Hobbs. Austin President and CEO David Walls, and Austin Commercial Senior Vice President Kent McNorton were also in attendance.
The visit marked the second time a sitting U.S. president has visited an Austin jobsite. President George H.W. Bush visited Austin Bridge & Road’s SH 360 project in Tarrant County in early 1992.
After touring the facility and greeting workers, President Biden addressed the national media, touching on the importance of the U.S. semiconductor business, job creation in Arizona, impact to the global economy, and the quality of the work performed at the jobsite.