Part VII: Reading Comprehension

Question 172 - 175 refer to following paragraph:

Expansion Excites Lonsdale

September 20—Paso Tech Corporation completed the first phase of its new expansion project last week. Paso Tech, one of the leading producers of elements used in high-definition computer monitors and projectors, completed construction on one of three new factories to be built over the next four years. —[1]—. The first of the factories, built in Australia's Lonsdale, is the company's most sizable factory and will eventually be responsible for 55% of the company's output each year.

The new factory has brought with it an increase in jobs for local residents. –[2]–. More than 1,000 construction workers were hired to help build the massive factory and its surrounding structures.

Paso Tech's President Goro Hashimoto stated, "This was a major endeavor for our company. When we started this construction project, we realized that it was going to take a lot of money, resources, and staff. —[3]—. Not only did we hire locals to expand the physical plant, but we also added many workers to our full-time payroll. We hope to be able to do the same in Japan. We plan to begin building in Tokyo very soon." The company's headquarters are currently located in Osaka, Japan.

Additional factories will be constructed in some of Paso Tech's other locations, including in Brazil and South Africa. While the remaining factories will not be as large as the Lonsdale location, they will still require additional resources and labor. —[4]—.

172. What is true of Paso Tech?

173. What is stated about the Paso Tech factory in Lonsdale?

174. Where will the next Paso Tech factory be built?

175. In which of the positions marked [1], [2], [3], and [4] does the following sentence best belong? "We were pleased to see the impact our project had on the local workforce."