Reports: Foxconn coming to Wisconsin
Company could make announcement Thursday in Milwaukee

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 25, 2017

WAUKESHA — For weeks, southeastern Wisconsin has been buzzing with the news that manufacturing giant Foxconn could be coming to the state, and on Monday, Freeman columnist and WISN radio show host Mark Belling said sources told him Foxconn will indeed build in southeastern Wisconsin. Earlier in the day, the Wall Street Journal reported the company is leaning towards coming to the state.

Belling said Foxconn will make an announcement Thursday afternoon at the Milwaukee Art Museum that it will construct its new manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin. He said he’s learned the company isn’t ready to name a specific location yet, but may be leaning toward Racine County.

The company, which assembles the iPhone for Apple, could reportedly create up to 10,000 jobs at its new manufacturing facility.

While visiting Miller-Coors in Milwaukee on Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked if he had any information into Foxconn’s plans, according to a Fox6 report.

“I do, and stay tuned,” Ryan said, smiling. “I’ll let the governor, who has been the quarterback on this Foxconn negotiation, give you more about that later.”

Ryan’s spokesman Ian Martorana referred The Freeman back to earlier comments Ryan made in July that “I have met with Foxconn at (Governor) Scott Walker’s request. There is great potential there for a lot of good jobs to come to Wisconsin, and we are having those kind of conversations with Foxconn so that we can do that.”

More details were not made available Monday evening by Walker’s office or the office of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Calls Monday evening to Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation were not returned before deadline.

In a statement, Belling wrote that “a financial incentives package with Foxconn is close to being finalized but an agreement has been reached on general terms. I’m told that Foxconn may not be ready to name a specific site but attention remains focused on southern Racine County along I94. The Wall Street Journal report said Foxconn would use the Wisconsin plant to manufacture high-end display panels for TVs and other devices.”

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