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Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce Jim Ellick is apparently concerned that Micron’s manufacturing facility may leave Idaho within the next two years. This came up during the Division of Financial Management’s report to the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee regarding the Governor’s prediction for state revenues for fiscal year 2009, starting in July. After Mike Ferguson, the state's chief economist, presented the Governor’s prediction to the committee, Representative Darrell Bolz (R-Caldwell) said that he had been talking with Ellick, who had told him he was concerned that Micron would be “out of the business,” except for research, “in the next year or two. Did you factor that in?”

Commerce Chief Thinks Micron Will Leave Idaho

Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce Jim Ellick is apparently concerned that Micron’s manufacturing facility may leave Idaho within the next two years.

This came up during the Division of Financial Management’s report to the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee regarding the Governor’s prediction for state revenues for fiscal year 2009, starting in July.

After Mike Ferguson, the state’s chief economist, presented the Governor’s prediction to the committee, Representative Darrell Bolz (R-Caldwell) said that he had been talking with Ellick, who had told him he was concerned that Micron would be “out of the business,” except for research, “in the next year or two. Did you factor that in?”

Ferguson said the Governor disagreed with Ellick’s assessment, and that while the Governor did factor in “employment declines,” and did think it would be a while before Micron would see major improvements in its condition, “We don’t believe we’re on the verge of losing our largest private employer.” In fact, certain financial conditions, such as the fall of the dollar, are actually helping Micron by making the pricing of its products more competitive with those from overseas.

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5 comments

  1. Good, maybe all the transplants will start moving back to Kalifornia where they belong!

  2. Yeah, and then all the local businesses owned by Idaho natives can fall apart because there’s no one left to support them. We can all shop at WalMart and eat at McDonalds–they really look out for the local folks. Ha. Ha ha. Don’t be so short-sided that you can’t see the downside.

    And before you start calling names, I’m an Idaho native too.

  3. Yes, while I disagree with giving Micron tax cuts and other incentives, they’ve added quite a lot to the local economy. Between that and Governor Otter killing the Science Technology and Advisory Committee, I’m really wondering what the future is for technology companies in Idaho.

  4. Idaho needs to prepare for a serious drop in employment in the Boise valley area and the significant cut in tax-based revenue. The odds that Micron will be forced to slash its workforce significantly are pretty high at this point and I don’t see any silver lining on this cloud. The fact that Micron is slightly more competitive in the US market isn’t enough to make up for the subsidized memory that Samsung and other asian producers of memory are flooding into the market in order to drive companies like Micron so low as to make the buyable or bankrupt.

    Micron stopped diversifying and is paying the price, along with all of Idaho. Thanks Steve!

  5. Yeah, it seems to me that Ellick, who comes from chip manufacturers in Silicon Valley, probably has a fair amount of insight into this issue.