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Foxconn’s latest vision, again

Scott Robert Shaw

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The twists and turns continue for the future of Foxconn. The company that once vowed to bring Wisconsin the eighth wonder of the world is still undecided about what to do about its largely unused Wisconsin properties. First it was big screens for televisions. Then screens for phones. A training facility. Building servers. We have heard them all. They promised 13,000 jobs. They’re nowhere close. They haven’t hired enough people to qualify for a single dollar in state incentives. So far, all the people of Wisconsin have gotten is conned. Now, the chairman of Foxconn says he has a new idea for the Mt. Pleasant facilities. Electric cars. Maybe. It is apparently between Wisconsin and Mexico. What factors go into making that choice? They tell us it is the skill of labor, and the cost of labor. Doesn’t sound like Wisconsin is going to win if it comes down to wages. We want Foxconn to thrive. We want to see those 13,000 jobs they promised. But what we have seen isn’t impressive. Foxconn’s leaders say they will let us know by July what their plans are for their Wisconsin plant. If it isn’t electric cars, then what? Stay tuned for more twists and turns from Foxconn.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Joe Miller

    March 18, 2021 at 7:30 am

    What changed in the state of Wisconsin since Fox Con started twisting and turning as you describe it??? The governor! And as I recall as soon as Evers was in office he started to try and mess with the Fox Con deal. If it were your investment you would probably hesitate as well.

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