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Foxconn Starts Foundation on $10B WI Facility

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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Crews have started pouring concrete for the 988,999-square-foot Foxconn facility slated for Racine County, Wisconsin, and officials say the $10 billion facility is still estimated to have a 2020 opening despite some conflicting reports.

Project Background

In April 2018, Foxconn named Providence, Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co. (which has a Milwaukee office) and global firm M+W Group (Stuttgart, Germany) as its lead contractors on the 20 million square feet of building space that will eventually house a flat screen manufacturing complex and employ 13,000 people.

Officials announced the first round of contracts in early July, worth $14 million, that went toward a multi-purpose building on the site, which is now complete.

Later that month, officials awarded nearly 40 more contracts, though those financial terms were not disclosed.

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Crews have started pouring concrete for the 988,999-square-foot Foxconn facility slated for Racine County, Wisconsin, and officials say the $10 billion facility is still estimated to have a 2020 opening despite some conflicting reports.

The year opened with a Jan. 17 letter in which the company disclosed that it would not make the threshold of job creation needed in order to receive about $9.5 million in tax credits.

Foxconn is under an agreement with jobs agency Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to create up to 13,000 jobs over the course of construction, which would then qualify the company to be awarded up to $3 billion in tax credits.

The contract with WEDC extends well beyond the completion of construction, however. Over the first 15 years of the contract, which ends in 2027, the minimum hiring number dips to 10,400 and the company must continue employing that many people through 2032.

About a week later, the company noted that it was no longer sure that the facility would be solely focused on making flat screens. According to a report by Reuters, which spoke to Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn Chief Executive Terry Gou, the company will now focus on creating a “technology hub” rather than LCD manufacturing.

While it promises to maintain the numbers in terms of job creation, the type of jobs that will now be up for grabs will reportedly be totally different, and will include more research and development and design positions rather than manufacturing jobs.

Woo cited the cost of labor in the United States for the shift.

Bid packages for the construction of the massive manufacturing facility began issuing in May.

What’s Going on Now

In late May, Foxconn awarded $13 million in contracts for foundation-related work to C.D. Smith Construction Inc.

Wisconsin Public Radio reported that in an email sent out by the Wisconsin Economic and Development Corp., a completion date was noted as early 2021.

A statement from spokesperson Woo kept the 2020 date, however.

“Today marks another milestone for Foxconn in Wisconsin,” said Woo.

“The installation of foundations and footings comes after months of careful planning and preparation, which demonstrates Foxconn’s concrete commitment to advanced manufacturing in Wisconsin. We are incredibly proud of the significant progress that Foxconn has made in Wisconsin in just one year, and we look forward to continued progress towards Q4 2020."

   

Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Good Technical Practice; Manufacturing Plant; NA; North America; Ongoing projects

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