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In 1952, the "Saturday Evening News" named Rockdale, Texas as "the source of gold coins". It is estimated that 100 million tons of lignite are buried a few miles south of the city. Alcoa has built a $100 million smelter to exploit these cheap energy sources to produce aluminum for fighters, skyscrapers and cars. use. Local author George Sessions-Perry wrote: “As long as someone thinks that someone has invested a hundred million in the local capital, some citizens will be excited; others will not be moved. People's lives have begun to change. ”
It seems that the population of Rockdale has doubled to 5,000 people overnight. The "Saturday Evening" picture shows the millionaire H. H. "Pete" Coffield and the mayor host a party for the New Alcoa staff on a terrace surrounded by lush gardens. The ladies are wearing gowns and the men are wearing tie. Sessions-Perry continues: “I am gratified that we are making what a lot of countries need. ”
Recently, Rockdale has become less prosperous. In 2008, Alcoa's smelter was shut down and an adjacent coal-fired power plant was shut down last year. As a result, more than a thousand people were unemployed, which made Rockdale and even the entire Miram County (population 25,000) begin to decline.
But last summer, new hopes emerged. Bitmain (Beijing Bitland Technology Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese company that produces "bit mining" special computers for Bitcoin. It decided to invest $500 million to build one of the world's largest mining equipment plants, which will be located near the Alcoa smelter that is closed but still connected to large-scale power lines. A large aluminum building called the electrolysis chamber will be filled with containers for 325,000 mining machines. In addition, Bitmain will provide 400 to 600 jobs for Miram County.
In August, James Kyle, Vice President of Business Development, Bitmain North America, met with county officials who managed taxes. To make Bitmain feel at home, Steve Young invited Kyle to his 1300-acre farm that night. Young promised: “We will do our best to match you. "At the age of 67, he is a county-level law enforcement officer for the Republican primary.
Young picked the burdock from Thorndale Meat Market and stored Shiner beer in his stainless steel refrigerator. About 40 guests, including Kyle, the Sheriff and District Attorney, walked on a long terrace overlooking the herd eating for Bermuda grass. The towering silver transmission line on the base tower spans the entire hotel, connecting the former Alcoa smelter and the future Bitmain mining base. Seeing such a scene, Kara Clore, executive director of Rockdale's municipal development zone, remembered the article in the Saturday Evening News and said: “I seem to see Rockdale's prosperity in his day. ”
When Kyle sipped Shiner, Young asked him to talk about where Bitmain's factory would develop in addition to mining. Kyle said that Bitmain may invest in the development of artificial intelligence for autonomous vehicles.