MADISON — Seven
months after Foxconn announced it will build a factory in Wisconsin,
the state has launched a website that will post updates on the
The site —
— also gives local manufacturers the ability to create a business
profile to make connections with Foxconn Technology Group and other
buyers across the state. Gov. Scott Walker has said the Taiwan-based
technology manufacturer could bring increased business to local
suppliers and create up to 22,000 jobs indirectly.
Economic Development Corporation has partnered with regional
economic development coordinators and will host informational
meetings for construction contractors, who will then connect
subcontractors, suppliers and vendors to support the Foxconn
construction project, according to a press release.
Meetings will be
held in Appleton, Eagle River, Eau Claire, Janesville, La Crosse,
Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Platteville, Superior and Wausau. More
details will be published on the website in the coming weeks.
worker resource fair will be held on March 29 at Festival Hall in
Racine. Anyone interested in construction work for Foxconn or the
related infrastructure upgrades will be able to learn more about
website and upcoming informational meetings will help ensure that
Wisconsinites receive the most up-to-date and accurate information
possible about the project, which will create up to 13,000 jobs
directly, 22,000 jobs indirectly and will have a positive economic
impact across the state,” Walker said in a statement.
Foxconn plans to
build a 1,200-acre campus in Mount Pleasant. The company expects to
spend about $1.4 billion annually on Wisconsin goods and services,
according to the press release.
“We will soon
break ground on Foxconn’s $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus
in Racine County, and we’re starting to see a flurry of activity
surrounding this once-in-a-generation project,” said Walker. “We
want businesses and residents of Wisconsin to have access to
information when it comes time to get involved with Foxconn, whether
it’s for a new job or involving their small business.”
announced last week it would purchase the 611 Building in downtown
Milwaukee for its Wisconsin headquarters. At the announcement,
Walker said the building purchase was the first example of the major
economic impact Foxconn will make in the state.
updates and general information about the Foxconn facility
construction project, the website will provide answers to frequently
asked questions, such as “Why Wisconsin?” and “What is Foxconn?”
The site also
has resources for contractors and suppliers in the state interested
in doing business with Foxconn. Businesses can sign up for
notifications of bidding opportunities as the project moves forward.
There will also be notices sent about construction on roads and
highways for the project to anyone who signs up for regular updates
from the Wisconn Valley News e-newsletter.
“There is no
question that momentum for Foxconn is continuing to grow as we get
closer to breaking ground on the manufacturing campus — not just in
southeastern Wisconsin, but in every region of the state,” said
Walker. “Whether it’s online, via the email newsletter or during
community meetings, we look forward to sharing more information
about the Foxconn project and the positive ripple effects it will