Foxconn

Marti Mikkelson

Plans are beginning to take shape for Foxconn in Racine County. The Department of Transportation recently held an open house to answer questions about road construction in order to make way for the Taiwanese firm’s huge LCD screen factory. One piece of the puzzle yet to fall into place is how to get many potential workers to the jobs.

Last week, dozens of people packed into a couple of rooms at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall to look over road construction plans. The DOT is making changes along I-94, while also improving access roads around Foxconn's manufacturing campus.

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Milwaukee lawmakers are getting creative when it comes to trying to ensure city residents are not left out of the expected job boom that will be created by Foxconn. One alderman is now floating the idea of expanding the footprint of the city.

Annexation, the act of incorporating new territory into the domain of a city, country or state, is not a term thrown around a lot these days. At a Milwaukee common council committee meeting on Tuesday, it got some play.

Greg Lebrick, Gateway Technical College

The planned Foxconn factory in Racine County will be the largest development deal in Wisconsin history. Company and state officials say the facility, which will make LCD screens, could employ as many as 10,000 people and has the potential to transform the local economy.

But with promises and predictions, have come questions: Who stands to benefit from the jobs? What impact will the factory have on local taxes? How will the environment be impacted?

Marti Mikkelson

The huge Foxconn plant appears to be moving forward, now that Gov. Walker and company officials have signed a contract. There’s still a long way to go until groundbreaking, but some of Foxconn’s neighbors are already thinking about how the factory will impact their businesses.

Gov. Walker and Foxconn officials signed the contract in Racine last week, at a celebration with several hundred people. Walker, who's called the deal "transformational" for the state, touted its enormous potential.

It’s now official, Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn and the state of Wisconsin on Friday signed off on a deal that could bring up to 13,000 jobs to the state.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Board Wednesday approved key provisions of a contract for Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn to build a huge LCD screen manufacturing facility in Racine County.  

The plant is expected to employ up to 13,000 people and Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in September that provides a $3 billion incentives package for the company to locate here. 

The WEDC Board voted 8-2 to approve terms of the contract that would allow execution of the incentives. 

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

The parking lot outside Veterans Terrace in downtown Burlington was packed as the informational session started at 5 pm sharp. This was the third public information meeting for area residents and business owners hosted by Racine County.

I chatted with people who turned out, and heard mostly these sorts of comments:

“I’m excited for the Village of Mount Pleasant and for the whole region. This will be a big shot in the arm for this whole 5-county region here. A lot of people needs jobs,” Paul Maccari said.

“I think it’s huge feather in our cap,” Sharon Smolensy said.

LaToya Dennis

There are still a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the huge LCD screen plant that Foxconn wants to build in Mount Pleasant. Area residents attended an open house looking for answers on Wednesday.

Teran Powell

While Wisconsin's job creation agency hasn't yet finalized a contract with Foxconn, the company has started posting job openings. And it held a recruiting event at Marquette University this week.

TV screens and smart boards grabbed the attention of students walking through the second floor rotunda of the university’s union. The displays belonged to Foxconn, which visited to introduce the company to campus and to recruit workers.

MU Spokesman Chris Jenkins says the university wants to connect students with Foxconn.

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Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn was in the news again last week. The company announced it plans to build its huge LCD screen plant in the Village of Mount Pleasant in Racine County. Also, area residents learned the village and county will have to chip in $750 million to pay for infrastructure and other costs.

The news angered some. But local officials say they'll use tax incremental financing to raise the funds without raising taxes. JR Ross of WisPolitics.com describes how the process will work.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

The Taiwanese company announced Wednesday it would build its huge LCD screen plant in the Village of Mount Pleasant, just east of Interstate 94. Critics call the state’s $3 billion incentives package exorbitant, others cite environmental concerns.

Foxconn will use large amounts of water in the LCD screen manufacturing process, and the state incentives package exempts the company from some environmental regulations.

Proponents dismiss the worries.

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It's official: the Racine County community of Mount Pleasant will be home to Foxconn's huge LCD screen manufacturing plant. 

The company made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Mount Pleasant is a community of about 26,000. It's about 25 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago.

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave says the plant will be a "turning point" for the county.

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Gov. Scott Walker had been expecting Foxconn officials to sign a deal with the state any day now.  The Taiwanese company plans to build a huge LCD screen manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin, with the help of $3 billion in state incentives.  But late last week, the board that will oversee the deal, delayed voting on it.

The proposed Foxconn plant for southeastern Wisconsin has been going through various states of approval in recent weeks. Another crucial step could come today with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation possibly approving the plan.

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This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that creates a record-setting $3 billion incentives package for the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The electronics giant plans to build a huge factory that will make LCD screens. The company says it will employ 3,000 people at first, eventually creating up to 13,000 jobs. The plant's likely location will be in Racine County.

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