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Intel honors Chandler student who names powerful crane that helps build school campus

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  • Erica Featherston and Linda Qian   |   Intel

Intel Recently Held An Ice Cream Party To Celebrate Students At Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence Campus Who Helped Name The New Crane In Chandler. The Winning Student Was Recognized By Intel And Received A Gift From The Company To Celebrate Their Creativity.

One of the world’s most powerful conventional crawler cranes has landed at Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo site in Arizona after a long journey across the world.

Standing at a soaring 75 stories high, the Liebherr Model LR 13000 can be seen by students over at Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence Campus who named the large machine “Skyreacher” after holding a ‘Name the Crane’ contest. 

The winning name came from a fourth-grade student who was surprised with a laptop from Intel. Intel also hosted an ice cream party for Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence Campus students to celebrate the start of the school year and the winning name.

“Intel has always been an incredible neighbor to our school and students. They have supported our students with opportunities within the classroom through STEAM initiatives to promote further education to our students,” shared Elizabeth Sacco, Assistant Principal at Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence Campus. “When they presented the opportunity to name the crane, our students were excited to be a part of this history and learn more about it. They had so much fun coming up with fun names and drawing diagrams.”

As one of only six models like it in the world, the massive crawler crane can lift up to 3,000 tons nearly 800 feet up in the sky. To put it into perspective, that is the equivalent of carrying the roof of Wimbledon Centre and lifting it higher than two Century Link Towers. Skyreacher has now been assembled and will help build Intel’s two new leading-edge chip factories, Fab 52 and Fab 62. Intel’s new twin Arizona fabs are scheduled to start chip production in 2024.

“Intel always appreciates the opportunity to be involved in our local communities in any capacity possible. Involving students at Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence Campus in the decision of naming the crane was a fun opportunity to educate local students about what is going on in their city,” said Liz Shipley, Public Affairs Director at Intel Arizona

About Intel in Arizona: Intel began operations in Arizona in 1979, and today is home to more than 12,000 Arizonans developing and manufacturing technology that is the foundation to addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Email or call Linda Qian (, 480-552-4086) with questions.