Once again, Fort Bend County Judge KP George is going on social media to attract another big tech company to move its business into the county.
George is now trying to attract Samsung to bring a chip-making factory to Fort Bend. The South Korean company – which makes smartphones, televisions and other appliances – is considering investing $17 million to building a factory in the U.S., and are considering putting it in Arizona, New York or Texas.
Samsung is the world’s largest memory chip and smartphone maker.
“In Fort Bend, Samsung would be welcomed with open arms – and a top-notch workforce ready to observe all safety protocols while firing up the processors of both your cutting-edge technology and our economy,” George said in a letter to Samsung vice chairman and CEO Ki Nam Kim.
This is George’s second attempt to bring a big-name company to Fort Bend County. Back in the fall, he wrote a letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to lure him to the area when Musk announced he was moving his company’s headquarters from California to Texas. Musk decided later to move his headquarters and an auto plant to the Austin area.
George touted Fort Bend County’s diversity and high graduation rate, with over 46% or residents having a college degree. He also touted the county’s affordable land and location being close to the Houston area and NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
“In Fort Bend, you will find a dedicated workforce, pro-business elected officials and a community that uses science, safety and statistics,” George wrote. “We stand at the ready to welcome you. I invite you to visit Fort Bend County and see for yourself why our community is the best place for your new operations.”
However, Samsung is scouting locations in Austin, Phoenix and western New York, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The proposed plan would employ up to 1,900 people and plans to be operation in October of next year, according to the report.
Bloomberg reported that Samsung is willing to bankroll $10 billion into the project.
But Samsung is waiting to see if there are any incentives offered by the Biden adminstration to offset those being offered by other countries with cheaper costs, the report says.