On Jan. 7, when Mike Reynoldson, Micron's government affairs manager was quizzed by Idaho lawmakers, he painted a positive economic forecast but wouldn't commit to any specifics.
"I can't answer that," said Reynoldson, when asked about possible new hires.
That changed today when Micron announced new construction of a 50,000-square-foot addition to its Boise campus, which is expected to house at least 165 employees—Micron's website lists 173 open positions in engineering and accounting. Micron also announced that it will remodel its 300mm research-and-development center.
The new construction is slated to begin in February. Micron employs about 5,000 people in the Treasure Valley. Following a few fiscally bumpy years, Micron rebounded in 2010 with profits of $1.9 billion as demand and prices for its memory products recovered.