A Chinese billionaire is now providing opportunities for thousands of jobless Americans after reviving a manufacturing plant in Moraine, Ohio.
Cho Tak Wong is seeking to create 3,000 jobs in a factory that used to be a General Motors plant. Around 1,000 workers lost their jobs in 2008 when it was shut down.
The facility has now been converted into a modern auto glass factory for Cho’s Fuyao Glass international empire. The company produces almost a quarter of the world’s entire car windows supply.
“When I walked into it two years ago it was dark, dirty, it had been uninhabited for quite a few years,” plant supervisor Jim Reid told CBS.
As a huge supporter of Donald Trump, Reid admitted that it was initially difficult for him to accept that a Chinese man would bring that many jobs to Ohio.
Trump has targeted the Chinese during his campaign by blaming them for taking American jobs and not the other way around.
“I’ll be honest. I struggled with it a bit when I made the decision,” Reid was quoted as saying. “Just because of what I’ve been led to believe through my life.”
Cho Tak Wong, for his part, was unfazed by Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
“That was just campaign language. Now that Trump is the president-elect, things will be different,” he said.
When asked by CBS if he is “making America great again,” Cho replied with a simple “Yes.”
Chinese employees make up at least 10% of the company’s workforce, earning an hourly rate of $12 to $15. In the interview, Cho said he plans to raise the salary of the workers in the future.