Hope they have backup power
Samsung has finally announced the location of the US semiconductor manufacturing facility it's building with an eye on addressing global silicon shortages: Taylor, Texas. Taylor was chosen for its proximity to the Lone Star State's semiconductor scene, infrastructure, local government support and community development …
"Hope they have backup power"
Wind supplying a high percentage of power to the Texas electrical grid,
the size of the aggregate of most nations of Western Europe,
may be looking for trouble for large scale manufacturing.
Maybe they will keep their fossil fuel generators above the flood plane,
to avoid a Fukushima type generator interruption from water during a gulf storm!
Texans are proud of their "BBQ Tradition". When I was in Dallas a decade or so ago on a business trip (solve problem with customer integration of software) , the locals insisted on going to a food court for lunch one day where they served up traditional Texas style BBQ (slow cook, not grillin') and It was pretty good, so there ya go. Corn fed beef, too,.
"Everything's big in Texas"
reminds me of a joke where someone gets drunk and falls in a swimming pool at a Texas hotel and screams out "Don't flush, don't flush!!!" (up to that point he'd been given a 1lb hamburger and a 32oz beer because "Everything's big in Texas")
-- economic incentives
That is the way it works!
Taxes are a huge cost of doing business!
Taxes are normally a higher percentage than the profits a company makes.
If taxes can be decreased, then the incentive to hire lesser taxed labour decreases, and the perverse system of taxing jobs out of a country are reversed... but as you rightly quoted, saving the labour of smart people in your local neighborhoods is normally a "temporary mental aberration" as soon as a politician realizes they can get rich from a future job or gain temporary power through campaign donations from other nations wanting to ship those jobs to their country.
Except this isn't a business, it's a plant. It doesn't make profit, it costs money.
Samsung will save by not paying property taxes, so no schools for the children of workers, minimal fire/library/social services - although the police will be well funded. There is no state income tax, so Samsung can pay workers proportionally less and they have the same take home.
The big difference is that this is an isolated plant, it will create (or relocate) a few well paid jobs. But when this nm is no longer cutting edge, the next plant will open somewhere else. This fab, or a Dell assembly plant, doesn't create the permanent local Silicon Valley they seem to think.
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