Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

After Trump Intervenes, Foxconn to Move Forward With Construction of Wisconsin Factory

After Trump Intervenes, Foxconn to Move Forward With Construction of Wisconsin Factory

The company's statement on Friday reiterated that the "campus will serve both as an advanced manufacturing facility as well as a hub of high technology innovation for the region". "In Wisconsin we're not building a factory", Woo said.

In comments published on Wednesday, Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn's Gou, told Reuters those plans might be scaled back or even shelved, citing the steep cost of making advanced TV screens in the United States, where labor expenses are comparatively high.

Trump responded to the news on February 1, confirming that he'd spoken with Terry Gou, the company's founder and chairman.

It did not provide details on employment or products, although it said it meant to "broaden our investment across Wisconsin far beyond our original plans".

September 18, 2017: Republican Gov. Scott Walker signs an unprecedented $3 billion state incentives package for the plant, brushing aside critics who warn the package is too expensive.

"While Foxconn was rolling back their commitment to Wisconsin, Speaker Robin Vos and Republican legislators took control of the agency in charge of the Foxconn deal and slashed accountability after Governor Walker lost his re-election", said Analiese Eicher, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now.

January 18, 2019: Foxconn finished 2018 with 178 full-time employees in Wisconsin, 82 workers short of the minimum required to claim job-creation tax credits.

"After productive discussions between the White House and the company, and after a personal conversation between President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Terry Gou, Foxconn is moving forward with our planned construction of a Gen 6 fab facility", Foxconn said in a statement sent to Fortune.

Nikkei said it had obtained a document that showed Foxconn reached its decision to after negotiations with Evers.

Advocate Aurora unveiled plans to build a hospital, medical office building and two clinics in the region in May 2018, about eight months after Foxconn chose to build its plant in the area.

"This is distressing news for Wisconsin taxpayers", said State Representative Mark Spreitzer.

He celebrated the statement on Twitter as "great news".

Instead of hiring factory workers, Foxconn said that it hoped to hire engineers and researchers.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes weighed in on the Foxconn damage control, sarcastically tweeting, "They are also announcing a bridge for sale".

"I'm comfortable that they're still committed to the state", Evers told reporters Friday, according to The Cap Times.

Foxconn said that global market conditions had "necessitated the adjustment of plans for all projects, including Wisconsin". He said he also met with Trump to discuss the Wisconsin plant during a trip to the December.

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