In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn to make 'Capital Intensive' Investment in the U.S. that will be revealed at a Special Event this Summer" Foxconn's Chairman Terry Gou stated at the time that "We are planning a number of investments in America. This project will include both capital-intensive and skilled labor-intensive and high-tech investment." Gou had noted that he would tell the press more about his plans later this summer once the location was chosen.
While the deal hasn't been cemented just yet, it would appear that Wisconsin is going to get the new Foxconn Plant. President Donald Trump alluded to negotiations with an unspecified company during a visit to Milwaukee yesterday, saying Walker might get "a very happy surprise very soon." Trump added that "we were negotiating with a major, major incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions."
A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the state is in talks with Foxconn.
Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, noted that Wisconsin is already home to similar electronic manufacturers."It would be great for Wisconsin for a lot of reasons. I am assuming Foxconn was attracted by the fact there's already a skilled workforce here and there's a foundation to produce more such workers through the tech colleges and the other parts of the education system.
Governer Scott Walker made a brief, previously unannounced trip to Japan the weekend of June 2 to pursue an undisclosed economic development opportunity.
Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, a Republican, said Wednesday he would "jump at the chance" to work with the Walker administration to pass any economic development incentives deemed necessary to land the Foxconn plant. For more on this, read the full Wisconsin State Journal report here.
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