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Foxconn WI Contracts Now Total $250M

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Foxconn Technology Group has awarded another $83 million in contracts for its $10 billion, 20 million-square-foot manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

This brings the total contracts awarded to more than $250 million.

Project Background

In April 2018, Foxconn named Providence, Rhode Island-based Gilbane (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 employ 13,000 people.

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

Foxconn

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Foxconn Technology Group has awarded another $83 million in contracts for its $10 billion, 20 million-square-foot manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

However, this 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.

Shortly after, the company noted that it was no longer sure that the facility would be solely focused on making flat screens as originally pitched. According to a report by Reuters, which spoke to Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn Chief Executive Terry Gou, the company would 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 and later that month Foxconn awarded $13 million in contracts for foundation-related work to C.D. Smith Construction Inc. Crews began pouring concrete in late June.

Foxconn

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.

Also in early summer, officials awarded nearly 40 other contracts—the financial terms of which were not disclosed—and renderings for the property were released as well.

The area is designed by three Taiwanese companies that include JJP Taipei, Team Engineering Consulting and United Integrated Services, while the building shell is designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee. Graef is the engineer of record and The Sigma Group is civil engineer. New York-based Exyte, which has specialization in clean rooms, is leading the design team.

In August, it was reported that walls were going up at the 1 million-square-foot plant.

About 200 workers have installed 400 precast concrete panels and structural steel work, led by general contractor Gilbane Building Co., began in August.

Echoing the shift in focus, in September, Foxconn announced that it had chosen Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis) to serve as construction manager for two facilities that were recently approved as part of the plan to support “smart manufacturing,” which include a Smart Manufacturing Center and a High-Performance Computing Data Center.

At the time, Mortenson announced an invitation to bid on the core and shell of the SMC, seeking contracts for: earthwork, site utilities, asphalt, site concrete, landscaping, concrete reinforcing materials, concrete reinforcing install, SOG concrete, precast, steel, metal panels, roofing, overhead doors, glazing, skylights, exterior sheathing and air barriers, loading dock equipment, elevators, temporary fencing, masonry, testing services and concrete Redi-Mix materials.

Eppstein Uhen Architects

Designs for the data center were recently released, which include not only the 34,250-square-foot building but a 100-foot-tall “networks operations center globe,” which is set to include a 240-seat auditorium, board rooms and more office space. Both are also designed by Eppstein.

Those interested in submitting bids can still register with Mortenson to receive an official bid invitation email.

What’s Happening Now

According to MJS, the new contracts awarded include:

  • Giles Engineering Associates Inc., Waukesha, for materials testing;
  • C.D. Smith Construction Inc., Fond Du Lac, concrete slab and masonry work;
  • Badger Railing Inc., Milwaukee, metals and stairs work;
  • Thorne Associates Inc., Chicago, structural studs, sheathing and exterior carpentry;
  • CLS Racine LLC, Racine, a joint venture of Carlson Racine Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Racine; Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Milwaukee; and SRS Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Waterford. roofing;
  • Crown Corr Inc., Gary, Indiana, curtainwalls, panels and barriers;
  • Poblocki Sign Company LLC, West Allis, signage;
  • Arbon Equipment Corp., Brown Deer, overhead doors and loading dock equipment;
  • Aldridge Electric Inc, Libertyville, Illinois, lighting, telecommunication and electrical duct bank work;
  • A.W. Oakes & Son Inc., Racine, concrete work;
  • Payne & Dolan Inc., Waukesha, asphalt paving;
  • Hoffman Construction Co., Black River Falls, landscaping; and
  • Edgerton–Peterson JV LLC, a joint venture of Edgerton Contractors Inc., Oak Creek, and James Peterson Son Inc., Medford, excavation, storm water and utilities work.

In addition to the contract announcements, Patch reported earlier this month that installation has begun on the 1 million-square-foot factory’s roof. For the installation, 16,000 yards of concrete will be poured onto the metal deck and will reportedly be completed by three roofing crews.

Designs for the data center were also released, which include not only the 34,250-square-foot building but a 100-foot-tall “networks operations center globe,” which is set to include a 240-seat auditorium, board rooms and more office space. Both are also designed by Eppstein.

Both the LCD plant and the manufacturing center are still set to open in the fourth quarter of 2020.

   

Tagged categories: Contract awards; Contracts; Good Technical Practice; Manufacturing Plant; NA; North America; Ongoing projects

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