Costa Rica’s government and Intel Corp. said the U.S.-based tech giant planned to open a “mega laboratory” in the Central American country to test new products.
The announcement was made on Tuesday during Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis’s tour of the United States.
Solis met with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in California on Monday.
Intel plans to hire 100 people and spend an undisclosed amount of money to develop the laboratory, officials said.
“From the mega laboratory, Costa Rican technicians and engineers will be responsible for testing and determining the efficiency and quality of Intel’s new products prior to manufacturing and distribution, setting the pace for new technology at Intel,” the Costa Rican President’s Office said in a statement.
The announcement comes two months after Intel said it would close its manufacturing plant in Costa Rica at the end of this year, eliminating 1,500 jobs.
The U.S. tech giant is keeping its Engineering and Development Center and Global Services Center in Costa Rica open.
The two facilities employ about 1,500 people.