Herzing is Ready to Meet Foxconn Job Needs

Marcus Newton
July 31, 2017

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem Lakes, said she also has high hopes for the plant.

Billionaire Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, right, listens as Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Other states that vied for the plant are Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Labor advocates say the company imposes excessive overtime and pressure on workers, especially when it ramps up production ahead of new iPhone launches. Trump's plans for health care and tax cuts face a murky future in Congress, while his administration is bogged down by an investigation into Russia's possible ties with his presidential campaign.

Indeed, the typically composed Republican governor seemed nearly giddy when he joined President Donald Trump, Foxconn founder Terry Gou and other officials at the White House on July 26, 2017. "In other words, if I didn't get elected, he definitely wouldn't be spending $10 billion dollars", Trump said. The governor said he would like to see some changes made to the UW system to reflect the upcoming workforce, and also mentioned an increase in enrollment for technical schools.

Those numbers, coupled with the Foxconn investment, will help Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook argue that his company is already making a significant contribution to U.S.jobs, according to Andrew Rose, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

While a site has not yet been selected, Walker said ground on the new Foxconn campus in southeastern Wisconsin would be broken sometime next year, with operations set to start in 2020.

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"We will be the first place in the world outside of countries in Asia to build, to manufacture, LCD displays, which are used not only in entertainment, but this new 8K technology we were talking about, going to be state-of-the-art in terms of entertainment, but in health care, in automation - or automobile - and aviation". It just-so-happens to be located within Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's congressional district. The incentives would cost the state about $200 million a year.

Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturer that makes electronics for Apple and other tech companies, is coming to Wisconsin.

Critics have also cautioned that Foxconn has made promises before to invest in the US and not followed through.

Walker said in an interview Thursday on WTMJ-AM that Taiwan-based Foxconn will only get the money if it fulfills its promise to build the plant and hire up to 13,000 workers.

The Wisconsin Legislature must approve the deal in a special session expected in August. Senator Chris Larson says he wants to make sure a package that big goes to a company that shares Wisconsin's values - like education, the environment and well paying jobs. Specifically, Foxconn could sidestep the Department of Natural Resources by connecting their man-made bodies of water with natural ones and releasing materials into Wisconsin wetlands.

The announcement event was attended by both White House Legislators and industrialists.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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