11 new factories, 10,000 new jobs

Tech giant Samsung is considering building 11 new chip manufacturing facilities in the Austin area, a move that could lead to nearly $200 billion in new investment and create more than 10,000 jobs.

In what could be the largest economic investment in Central Texas history, tech giant Samsung is considering building 11 new chip manufacturing facilities in the Austin area over the next two decades, a stunning move that could bring nearly 200 billion in new investment and create more than 10,000 jobs, according to documents filed with the state.

Having just announced plans to build a $17 billion semiconductor factory in Taylor, Samsung could increase its investment in the region by more than 10 times that amount if the proposed facilities are built.

The proposals are outlined in 11 applications Samsung has filed with the Taylor and Manor school districts seeking tax breaks to build the facilities. The applications, part of the state’s Chapter 313 stimulus program, were posted Wednesday on the Texas Comptroller’s website.

Site work is progressing on Samsung's previously announced $17 billion chip factory in Taylor.  The company now says it is considering building 11 additional factories in central Texas, with nine potentially on the Taylor property.

The proposals call for 11 new manufacturing plants, including two in Austin, where Samsung already has a significant presence, and nine in Taylor, a Williamson County city of about 17,000 people 25 miles northeast of Austin. The total investment will be $192.1 billion and create about 10,000 jobs if Samsung goes ahead with all plans, according to documents filed with the state.