A battery manufacturing plant project in Michigan that is being backed by $1.12 billion in tax dollars is facing a backlash after it was revealed that the company will be forced to run under Chinese communist Party rules.
Gotion Inc. is a $2.3 billion new company in Michigan being pushed by the state’s Democrat-led state government. But the project is facing a backlash after news of how beholden to the red Chinese the company will be.
Per Just The News
The latest setback for Gotion comes after this week’s revelations the company’s bylaws include articles requiring the company “perform its duties in accordance with the Constitution of the Communist Party of China and other Party Regulations….”
Gotion received state and local commitments of $1.14 billion when Project Elephant was announced last fall. Gotion says the taxpayer investment will yield 2,350 jobs in Big Rapids. Company Vice President of North American Manufacturing Chuck Thelen told the Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee this week that construction of the Big Rapids facility is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of this year, and production is anticipated to begin on the second quarter of 2025.
The committee met earlier this week to discuss whether to approve a $175 million taxpayer funded Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve appropriation.
The Center Square reported last month that Big Rapids Township voted for a federal review of Gotion’s bid to build on 115 acres in the township, citing concerns over the company’s Chinese ownership. Rather than respond to the township’s questions, Gotion refocused its siting plans to 408 acres in Mecosta County’s Green Township.
Why are the Michigan Democrats working so close with the Red Chinese?
Especially on an industry that really doesn’t have long for this world as a major player in the world of automotives. Ford recently noted that it lost $3 billion on its failed electric vehicles lines.