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Otter Issues FAQs re: Chinese Firms

Gov. Butch Otter issued a fact sheet today re: rumored investments by Chinese in Idaho, stating. "I have responded to many about Idaho's trade & investment relationship w/ China and now here's an FAQ on the issue. Among the FAQs: "Are any Chinese companies investing in Idaho projects?" Partial answer: "The Hoku Materials polysilicon manufacturing plant in Pocatello is the first example of direct investment from China. Hoku is publicly traded and the majority stock holder is a Chinese firm. The Pocatello plant is scheduled to begin production in January 2012 and when it does, 100 percent of the product will be exported to China from Idaho. The plant has created hundreds of jobs for Idaho citizens." More here.

Question: Are you bothered that Chinese companies are making direct investments in Idaho projects?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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