Rockwell Semiconductor Systems has put its new computer chip plant in ColoradoSprings on hold for at least a year, according to company officials.

The $1.2 billion plant will be finished by early 1997, then will stand idleuntil early 1998, when it will be outfitted with semiconductor manufacturingequipment.

The decision will delay Rockwell’s plans to hire around 1,000 workers. The140 employees already at work in the Springs will either continue in workhere or transfer to Rockwell’s plant in Newport Beach, where the companyhas headquarters.

Colorado Springs city leaders say no jobs have been lost yet, and are optimistic,saying the city will still have a huge building, whether or not Rockwellever inhabits the 450,000-square-foot fortress.