China-based leading mining and mining ASIC hardware producer Bitmain has reportedly suspended its mining operations in Rockdale, public radio station Texas Public Radio reports on Jan. 10. Rockdale is located in Milam County, east of Austin, in the United States state of Texas.
Steve Young, a Milam County Judge, issued a statement reporting that all Bitmain employees but two engineers and the director of human relations had been laid off, and all operations had been suspended.
According to the article, Young said later that the company told him Bitmain will scale down the operation rather than shut it down, now working with only five employees instead of 15. Young reportedly stated:
“They have spent millions thus far to renovate the buildings. […] I’m told there are 7,000 or 8,000 servers out there already.”
Young also reportedly declared that Bitmain committed to hire locally and insisted on paying the school district taxes as opposed to taking an offered abatement. According to the article, the question remains concerning the 10-year tax break on county taxes on real and personal property.