Michigan resident warns against Chinese-owned battery plant: 'We see the writing on the wall'

March 19, 2023 at 14:00

One Michigan resident issued a stark warning against the construction of Chinese-owned battery plants, arguing communities see the "writing on the wall" amid growing national security concerns.
Big Rapids resident Matthew Maczynski, who is also an Iraq War veteran, joined "Fox & Friends Weekend" to discuss why residents have pushed back against plans to build factories for Chinese-owned company Gotion Global.
"I have no idea," Maczynski told Joey Jones, when asked if the state will stand up against the construction.
A lot of people who are down to earth… I think we all see the writing on the wall."
Maczynski was among the residents who attended the Green Charter Township board meeting to protest the decision.
"This is a Chinese-owned company," Maczynski said during the meeting.
"The Chinese-owned company is a communist company.
Why would you bring a communist company to Big Rapids, Michigan when we have troops mobilizing right now to fight China?"
Michigan lawmakers approved $585 million in funding from the state to go toward the building of the plant, along with two others, that would produce electric vehicle batteries.
Maczynski slammed politicians for their complicity in the construction, noting "they have no idea what they're talking about."
"We just have an issue that China is moving in here and there's nothing we can do about it," Maczynski said.
They're just using us as labor, and… Michigan taxpayers have to foot $700 million to build this thing, and they get it for 30 years tax-free."