Samsung Plans to Manufacture Semiconductors in the US

Samsung Plans to Manufacture Semiconductors in the US

Samsung is investing $13 billion in a chip-making factory in the US, which would employ 1,900 people by October 2022.

Three location alternatives are being considered: Texas, Arizona, and New York.

Samsung will be competing with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for the top leadership position in the $400 billion chip-making industry in the US.


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This post is based on The Hill article, Samsung considering investing billions in US chip plant, by Lexi Lonas, January 23, 2021; the KVUE article and video, Samsung reportedly considering $10B chip-making plant in Austin, by KVUE News Staff, Jan 22, 2021; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: MS Mikel/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  How does Samsung compete operationally in the chip-making industry of the US?

Guidance: To achieve the goal of becoming the top chipmaker in the US by 2030, Samsung needs a local presence to catch up with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.. Having a chip-making factory based in the US is the first step towards that goal.

2.  What are the location factors being considered by Samsung in building Continue reading

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Repurposing Unused Capacity for Vaccination Sites

Repurposing Unused Capacity for Vaccination Sites

February 17, 2021

Mall retail store vacancies are at historic highs of 10.5%.  Meanwhile, vaccination sites require significant parking spaces near major transportation routes, with room for a large number of vaccinated patients to wait the required 15 minutes after treatment while under observation for allergic reactions.  Colder weather makes indoor facilities ideal for this 15-minute waiting period.

Empty mall space is an ideal solution for local health departments to utilize for vaccine administration.  As such, mall owners across the country have been partnering with local health departments.


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This post is based on the CNN article, Vaccination megasites pop up in empty malls, by Parija Kavilanz, January 15, 2021, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Francis Zera/Spaces Images/Blend Images LLC

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1.  Choose a local mall that students might be familiar (or draw a typical mall layout on the Continue reading

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Foxconn’s Wisconsin Factory Repurposed for Google

Foxconn’s Wisconsin Factory Repurposed for Google

January 26, 2021

Foxconn is planning to use its mostly-idle Wisconsin factory to assemble Google server components.

The Wisconsin factory will be reconfigured with computing and infrastructure capabilities.  Foxconn will start mass production of the Google server components in the first quarter of 2021.


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This post is based on The Verge article, Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory reportedly wins Google server manufacturing contract, by Adi Robertson, November 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / DR MANAGER

Discussion Questions:

1. What type of process and product layout is appropriate for Foxconn to make Google server components?

Guidance: Since the production of server components has high volume and low variety, a repetitive process should be selected.  Additionally, there is a fixed sequence to assemble the server components that calls for an assembly line product layout.

2.  What are the factors attributed to Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory location decision?

Guidance: The location factors for Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory is U.S. government subsides, availability of skilled labor in Wisconsin, cultural similarities between Taiwan and the US., and availability Continue reading

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