Michigan Community May Recall Entire Town Board Over Chinese Company Partnership

  • Some outraged residents of a small town in Michigan have officially filed paperwork to initiate recall efforts against their entire township governing board after the board recently agreed to partner with a Chinese company.
  • More than two years ago, in December 2020, members of the Green Charter Township Board agreed to a $2 billion deal with Gotion, Inc., a Chinese company that manufactures batteries for electric vehicles. Gotion, which is headquartered in Silicon Valley but has a parent company in China, promised to bring about 2,300 jobs to Mecosta County.
  • Mecosta County, located about an hour north of Grand Rapids, is in a rural area of the state where nearly 10% of residents live below the poverty line. Thus, some in the community were enticed by the prospect of a local manufacturing plant and thousands of high-paying jobs.
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