After talks with the white house Foxconn says it is going ahead with the construction of its Wisconsin factory. This is according to a statement that was released on Friday, however it isn’t clarifying what jobs will be offered at the plant worth $10 billion.
Special assistant to Foxconn CEO, Louis Gou earlier this week told reuters that the company was shifting strategy and would mostly offer jobs in the line of engineering an researchers in Wisconsin. Not the originally promised blue-collar manufacturing jobs.
The state gave Foxconn $4 billion in tax breaks to build LCD TV screens at the plant. In a new statement on Friday, Foxconn said that the site will function as a hub of high technology innovation and as well as an advanced manufacturing facility.
Foxconn also hinted that it was changing focus for Wisconsin facility. Saying that the global market that existed when the project was first announces has really changed. The $20 million square foot campus that was announced in a ceremony at the white house, marked the largest greenfield investment by a foreign company in U.S. history. President Donald Trump did not shy away from praising it as proof of his ability to revive manufacturing in American soil.
In addition Foxconn has said it intends on employing 13,000 U.S. workers at the facility. The statement issued was as follows: “After productive discussions between the white house and the company, and after 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, which will be at the heart of the Wisconsin Valley Science and technology Park. Our decision is also based on a recent comprehensive and systematic evaluation. We have undertaken the evaluation while simultaneously seeking to broaden our investment across Wisconsin far beyond far beyond our original plans to ensure the company, our workforce, the local community and the state of Wisconsin will be positioned for long-term success. We look forward to continuing to expand our investment in American talent in Wisconsin and the U.S.”