BAY CITY, Mich., Nov. 29, 2022 — Today, House Speaker-elect Joe Tate (D-Detroit) joined President Joe Biden in Bay County as the president touts the progress made in accelerating domestic microchip production to address the semiconductor chip shortage. The two Democratic leaders appeared at SK Siltron, a manufacturer of semiconductor wafers used in electric vehicle production, that in September opened a $300 million facility in Monitor Township that employs about 150 people. The expansion was made possible with supporting funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. President Biden touted the federal CHIPS and Science Act, a package amounting to $280 billion to increase U.S. semiconductor production, which he signed into law in August.
“This moment is a tremendous opportunity for Michigan manufacturing, and it’s an honor to welcome President Biden to Michigan today,” Tate said. “Michigan has a long and proud history as the manufacturing capital of our country, and with continued developments and partnerships like this, we can forge ourselves an equally bright future. A development like this requires robust partnership — Michigan won this investment on a national stage and it is our strategic partnership with Gov. Whitmer and the MEDC that empowered us to win this development over several other states. We have been steadfast in our pursuit of growing good paying jobs for Michigan workers, securing the careers and stability they need to support a family and thrive here in the state, and it’s great to celebrate that here with the president today.”