Foxconn Said to Be Reevaluating Wisconsin Plant Strategy
Update (Feb 1, 1:50pm): It looks like Foxconn has once again changed its mind. The Verge reported today that, after a "personal conversation" with President Trump, Foxconn will build a factory in Wisconsin after all.
“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,” a statement read. The Gen 6 facility is still much smaller in scope than the Gen 10.5 facility that was promised in 2017. Despite the statement, there were no other details shared about timing or when the factory would be built. Heck, this might not even be a part of the same scope of work anymore.
It’s been over a year and a half since ground was broken on a major plot of land in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, where Foxconn said it planned to build a major U.S.-based manufacturing plant for its advanced large screen displays—a sign that President Donald Trump’s promise of bringing manufacturing jobs back into the U.S. was well on its way towards being kept. However, a new report from Reuters this week suggests that Foxconn is reconsidering its strategy around that 20-million square foot campus and what types of employees it will hire to work there.