Promises to Stick by Factory Plans in Wisconsin — Foxconn Damage Control

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Promises to Stick by Factory Plans in Wisconsin — Foxconn Damage Control

Foxconn Technology said on Friday that it would build a factory in Wisconsin after the company's chairman spoke to US President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump announces Foxconn Technology Group will build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin.

The company said it was looking forward to continuing its expansion of investment in American talent in Wisconsin and the U.S.

Foxconn will proceed with its construction of a self-driving auto facility and a sixth generation LCD fab plant in Wisconsin after discussions with United States President Donald Trump about the project, the company's chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) said Saturday.

The company didn't mention the number of jobs it will create in its latest statement.

That news was seen as a setback for Mr Trump, who has made reviving the manufacturing sector a priority.

As part of the Foxconn deal, Wisconsin legislators agreed to pay up to 40 percent of local government debt for the project, if asked to do so.

The main source of the reports appeared to be an interview by Louis Woo, special assistant to Gou, with Reuters. The state has not paid out job credits to Foxconn yet.

The company's statement Friday reiterated that the "campus will serve both as an advanced manufacturing facility as well as a hub of high technology innovation for the region".

Trump also suggested that Foxconn hire military veterans to meet the demand for tech workers, Gou said, adding that he thinks it is a feasible proposal. Pleasant, Wis., June 28, 2018.

But Foxconn's repeated changes to its plans led critics of the project this week to accuse Foxconn of a "bait and switch".

During the lame-duck session before former Governor Scott Walker left office, one of many policies passed by Legislators to restrict the new legally elected Governor included a roll back of accountability and an increase of legislative power over the agency administering the agreement, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). They've talked about doing the Generation 6 work for some time.

The company's announcement is an about-face from its stance earlier in the week, when the electronics manufacturer said it was reassessing its plans.

Speaking to thousands of Foxconn employees at a Chinese New Year carnival in Taipei on Saturday, Gou said investing in the USA "is undoubtedly a right decision and fits with future economic trends". Evers tells reporters that the company needs to improve its messaging and transparency, saying "there's no limit to skepticism if the messaging isn't coherent".

It's too early to tell what will unfold in Wisconsin, Dorfman said. It later said it would build smaller Generation 6 LCD screens instead. "In addition, there have been no attempts by either the company or the Evers or Walker administrations to renegotiate the contract".

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