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Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 4:06 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 4:05 AM
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The chairman of Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn said Thursday it may spend more than $10 billion to set up manufacturing in the United States, and will announce investment plans by early August for at least three states.
Terry Gou gave no new information about where Foxconn will locate a U.S. display panel factory he said in January would cost up to $7 billion to build. That announcement triggered a flurry of lobbying by state leaders hoping to attract the investment, which he said might generate as many as 50,000 jobs.
Foxconn is the biggest contract manufacturer of smartphones and other devices for Apple, Sony, Blackberry and other brands. Its success has made Gou Taiwan's richest businessman. The company raised its profile with its purchase in March 2016 of struggling Japanese electronics brand Sharp for $3.5 billion.
The company plans to develop operations in the U.S. that combine hardware manufacturing and software development in technologies including artificial intelligence and automation, Gou said at a meeting with shareholders. Asked later at a news conference how much Foxconn might invest during the five-year plan, he said it might exceed $10 billion.
Foxconn has been in touch with the White House and expects to conclude negotiations by the end of July or early August, Gou said. He said the first investment agreement should cover at least three states, with at least three others to be added later.
The display panel factory, if built, would be a political trophy for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has promised to revive American manufacturing in the Midwest.
Gou mentioned Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas as manufacturing states with which Foxconn hopes to work but gave no indication whether any of them might be in the investment agreement. Gou said in January that Pennsylvania was the leading candidate for the panel factory, which would work with Sharp.
Details for each state were not settled, but overall, "we will provide at least tens of thousands of job opportunities," said Gou at the news conference.
Expansion into the United States would reduce Foxconn's reliance on China, where it has the bulk of its operations and employs about 1 million people.
Also Thursday, Gou said there is "still a chance" Foxconn might be able to buy Toshiba Corp.'s memory chip business despite the Japanese company's choice of another bidder as its preferred buyer.
Toshiba said Wednesday it picked a bid totaling about 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) by a U.S.-Japan consortium. Toshiba is selling the lucrative operation due to losses at its U.S. nuclear power unit, Westinghouse Electric Co.
"It is not a done deal yet. I believe there is still a chance for Foxconn," Gou said.
He noted that Toshiba's choice of the U.S.-Japanese consortium faced opposition, including from Japanese banks.
Western Digital of the United States also opposes the choice. It owns SanDisk chip operations that have a joint venture with Toshiba in Japan and says the company has no right to transfer that venture without the American partner's consent.
Western Digital said it filed a request for arbitration last week. Toshiba has accused Western Digital of interfering with its sales efforts.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:43 AM
AUGLAIZE COUNTY — One of the victims of a double shooting in Auglaize County April 11 died from his injuries Tuesday morning, according to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
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Dexter Lee Turner, 47, died from his injuries Tuesday morning at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Auglaize County Sheriff Allen Solomon said in a media release.
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Dexter’s son, Alim Amir, 25, was also shot in the incident, but an update on his condition was not released.
“Now that the case is a homicide it doesn't really change the way we have been investigating the case” Solomon said in the release. “It was a serious case to begin with and was being treated that way and now it has become even more serious.”
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the case.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:38 AM
OHIO — A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops for possible listeria contamination, and Ohio is included in the list of 15 states.
According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, W.Va., is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk.
In addition to Ohio, the ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The ice pop products, sold 12 to a pack, were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reports.
The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.
The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B.
So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the product.
Listeria is a bacteria that causes food poisoning and is especially dangerous to the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women. While a pregnant woman may experience mild, flu-like symptoms, the illness caused by Listeria -- called listeriosis -- can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in newborns.
Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
Consumers who have purchased the affected ice pops are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:41 AM
— Rural King Supply Inc. is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for failing to maintain forklifts properly at its Xenia location, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The national farm supply company has been cited for the violations at the Xenia store, 1900 Progress Drive, and is facing $258,672 in penalties, according to the release.
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An OSHA investigation substantiated complaints that employees were allowed to operate a damaged forklift after employees had reported it to have faulty brakes, according to the release.
OSHA determined that “the company failed to take the forklift out of service, or perform needed repairs.”
Ken Montgomery, OSHA Cincinnati area office director, said in a prepared statement: “This employer ignored employee concerns about unsafe conditions, disregarded safety procedures, and put their workers at risk for serious injuries by failing to maintain safe equipment.”
Rural Kings has 15 days after receiving the citation to comply, request an informal meeting with Montgomery or contest the findings with the Independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
A Rural King representative at the company’s headquarters in Illinois declined to comment for this story.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— We see you over there, Xenia.
Some great places to explore have opened in Greene County’s county seat in the last few years.
Here are a few reasons to visit Xenia soon.
Spots like Nick’s Restaurant have long been go-to places, but there are a few relatively new kids on the block.
One Bistro, 87 E. Main St., has great food — and you can help those in need.
>> ‘Pay what you can’ restaurant to open in Xenia (Aug. 13, 2015)
As with the Miamisburg location, the Xenia restaurant has suggested prices on its meals ranging from $6 to $9, but people can also pay what they can afford.
Paying a little more than the recommended amount “pays it forward” and helps feed needy people.
Other options include Tables of Contents Cafe, 30 S. Detroit St., and 5 Points Cafe. That breakfast and lunch spot is located at 51 E. Main St.
>> RELATED: 5 Points Cafe to opens in Xenia (March 12, 2018)
Downtown Xenia is the home of one of the Miami Valley’s newest breweries.
Devil Wind Brewing recently opened its doors in a 3,000-square-foot space at 130 S. Detroit St. It is just steps from the bike path.
The 90-seat brewery gets its name from historical reports that the Shawnee Indians that inhabited Greene County referred to the Xenia area as “Land of the Devil Wind.”
>> PHOTOS: Take a look inside Devil Wind Brewing
Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles is a nerd paradise.
Located at 68 S. Detroit St., the recently opened shop has both vintage Star Wars and Star Trek toys and tons of other vintage toys that will take you back to your childhood.