Intel Corp. told its 690 DuPont site employees Monday that it plans to sell the property and lease back enough space to keep its 310-person server development and validation team working there.
The high-tech company said it will lay off 32 of its DuPont workers and transfer about 350 others to other Intel facilities. Many of those will likely move to Hillsboro, Ore., Intel's largest site where it employees some 17,000 workers.
DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum said in a message on the city's web site that the city will be working with the company to attract potential purchasers to the site.
"Intel is a good community partner and we will work closely with them," said the mayor.
Intel was the first major employer to locate in the former company town near JBLM in the '90s. Weyerhaeuser Co. redeveloped the former explosives plant created by the Dupont Co. in 1906.
Weyerhaeuser redeveloped the site as a mixed use community that now is home to some 9,800 residents.
The Intel site has the capacity to house some 3,000 workers, but it never housed that many. Intel spokesman Jonathan Williams said the company is moving workers to sites where they can work more closely with others doing similar work. In previous Intel plant consolidations in Utah and Colorado, selling Intel property took two to three years, said Williams.
The layoffs will begin Nov. 1 with workers having a choice to remain on the company payroll to find a new job within the company or outside in a two-month "redeploymont program." Or they may take a severance package and leave immediately.
The transfers will begin Jan. 1 with workers having flexibility for timing their transfers based on their personal needs and those of the company, said Williams.