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How Wisconsin Lured Foxconn's Massive Manufacturing Plant


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If everything goes according to plan, the joint efforts of Wisconsin’s Republican revolution and the Trump administration are about to pay off in a deal of historic dimensions.
Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese multi-national corporation which is the world’s largest contract electronics firm, has agreed to make a $10B investment in a new, state-of-the-art production facility in southeastern Wisconsin. The plant’s purpose will be to manufacture active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCDs) for use in assembling computers, televisions, iPhones, medical equipment, aircraft and automotive displays, and the like (Foxconn holds the contract to assemble iPhones for Apple).
The proposed manufacturing campus is expected to occupy some 20 million square feet -- larger than the Pentagon, and equivalent (as Governor Walker noted during the announcement) to 11 Lambeau Fields in area. This will be the first factory of its kind in the United States, and the only one not presently located in Asia (the others are located in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan). The plant is expected, over the next fifteen years, to employ some 13,000 people in all capacities. Its construction will generate some 10,000 construction jobs, as well as 6,000 additional jobs in companies supplying goods and services for the construction contractors. It is expected that as many as 150 suppliers of goods and services in the area will generate as many as another 22,000 jobs in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The company claims that the average salary for employees will be about $54,000 per year with full benefits.:snip:

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