South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics said it would build a $17bn chip plant outside Austin, Texas, to make advanced chips used in phones, cars and other electronic devices.

The plant would create 2,000 high-tech jobs with construction to begin in the first half of next year, and production due to start in the second half of 2024, Samsung said in a statement on Wednesday. It would also create at least 6,500 construction jobs, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a press release.

The world’s biggest memory chipmaker and second-largest contract chip manufacturer had also considered sites in Arizona and New York for the plant, which will be much bigger than its only other US chip plant in Austin.

Samsung chose Texas again due to its

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