Published: Fri, July 28, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Foxconn will choose Wisconsin

Foxconn will choose Wisconsin

However, CNN money reported that Foxconn said "it is not now possible to confirm the locations for those potential investments or estimate the number of jobs that might be created".

The new factory appears to be politically slanted to award Wisconsin for voting for Trump in a tight election and a state that just happens to be where House Speaker Paul Ryan and White House Chief of staff Reince Prebus are from. Foxconn intends to build a manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin that will make liquid-crystal-display screens, the type used in everything from computers to vehicle dash panels. At 20 million square feet, the factory would be three times the size of the Pentagon, making it one of the largest manufacturing campuses in the nation.

White House officials called the development significant for bringing advanced manufacturing of electronics back to the United States after decades of outsourcing.

Foxconn had considered building the plant in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, among other states. Gou has made it clear he intends for Foxconn to build its brand and acquire leading technology of its own. He said Foxconn is coming "to a state that's very close to my heart - Wisconsin". "So when Foxconn came into the White House, into the Oval Office, the president said, 'I know a good spot that you should go to, that place in Kenosha'". The plant could employ up to 13,000 workers. He has made several announcements since his election in November about USA investments by both foreign and domestic manufacturers, building on his campaign focus on boosting American jobs.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said his state is providing Foxconn with a $3 billion, 15-year incentive package of tax credits.

But many observers are wary of Foxconn's big promises after its 2013 plan to build a high-tech factory in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania fell through.

"If I didn't get elected, he [Foxconn CEO Terry Gou - ed] definitely wouldn't be spending $10 billion", Trump noted, quoted by the New York Times.

Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that produces iPhones for Apple - primarily in China - and other electronics for companies like Dell and Toshiba. He predicted that workers from rust belt states like NY would move to states like Wisconsin that were adding manufacturing jobs.

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