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Micron Plant Payroll May Top $200 Million

The silicon-wafer manufacturing plant that Micron Technology Inc. plans to build in Lehi should have a payroll of more than $200 million.

Vice President of Operations Kenneth G. Smith, who has been with Micron since 1987, spoke Friday at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development and Tourism.

According to Smith, the Micron payroll is only a part of the enormous economic benefit the new plant will bring to Utah. The company’s Boise facility presently purchases about $430 million in supplies from Idaho businesses.

“We believe in buying in Utah for the Utah site,” said Smith.

Smith said Micron may eventually build another facility on its 2,200 acres in Utah County. If the computer industry doesn’t experience a downturn, Micron could employ as many as 7,000 people in the county.

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