back to article Yeehaw, y'all! Texas done got itself a honkin' new Samsung semiconductor plant

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 …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    In Texas?

    Hope they have backup power

    1. FILE_ID.DIZ
      Thumb Up

      Re: In Texas?

      Read my mind.

      Guess Samsung is more readily distracted by corporate welfare property tax discounts than the dog Dug in the movie Up was with squirrels...

    2. Nifty

      Re: In Texas?

      No one's mentioned how much water is needed for chip manufacture. Wales might have been better.

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        Re: In Texas?

        Practically anywhere else might have been better.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: In Texas?

      "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!

      1. spuck

        Re: In Texas?

        Is this a haiku?

        1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

          Re: In Texas?

          Burma Shave

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Epic line

    taxes in Texas are not merely an anagram

    Love it :).

    As for the actual event, it's not just power that is a question, it's also skilled labour and the risk they're exposed to in that state.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Epic line

      "the risk they're exposed to in that state."

      Would that be classed as East Texas? If so, then Samsung will be a "local" company if there's any legal shenanigans like patent disputes to deal with . The "locals" usually win :-)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Epic line

      "it's also skilled labour"

      There are a lot of liberals around Austin, on all kinds of drugs, and increasing.

      Hard to dredge up a skilled labour pool from a cesspool.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Epic line

        Don't worry it will be entirely staffed by Korean immigrants (except for security guards and janitors)

  3. sabroni Silver badge

    Let's hope none of their female employees have an unwanted pregnancy, eh?

    1. wub

      Or ectopic...

  4. sanmigueelbeer

    Samsung Does Taylor

    I will believe it when the first truckload of chips leave the Taylor factory.

    In the meantime, I've got a bridge to sell Taylor.

    1. MiguelC Silver badge

      Re: Samsung Does Taylor

      Anyway, congrats to Taylor's swift win! It will be fab!

  5. sebacoustic

    Bulgogi for me every time rather than texas barbecue... maybe a welcome addition to the "BBQ trail"

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge

      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,.

  6. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "because of our world-class business climate and exceptional workforce"

    You're going to be having a world-class water shortage, and I'm waiting with the popcorn to enjoy it.

  7. Boo Radley

    5 Million Sq Meters?

    Isn't that about 45 million square feet? That seems a bit on the large side.

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge

      Re: 5 Million Sq Meters?

      "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")

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Because companies like Samsung

    continue to invest in Texas because of our world-class business climate and exceptional workforce, and world class "economic incentives"

    Just correcting what was obviously a "temporary mental aberration" by the wannabe Trump

    1. David Halko

      Re: Because companies like Samsung

      -- 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.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Because companies like Samsung

        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.

  9. FrenchFries!

    The $20k bonus can only be used to purchase BBQ, "pumper jacks", and propane accessories.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Benefits package: Company will reimburse any ammunition used on company premises during office hours.

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