State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem Lakes, said she also has high hopes for the plant.
Other states that vied for the plant are Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Tim Casey, director of economic development for Waukesha County Center for Growth, Inc. said they are working to match Foxconn with manufacturers in the county based on the parts and materials the company needs. 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. Donald Trump praised Terry Gou, the chairman for Foxconn, while also firmly iterating how he being president of us has brought about this decision. "So we are going to change that", Gou said. "I am confident that together we will increase operational efficiencies in electronics manufacturing to new levels, achieving the vision of Smart Manufacturing and Made in China 2025".
Foxconn is expected to select a 1,000-acre site in southeast Wisconsin and could be eligible for some additional local incentives, officials said.
Foxconn's plant will produce liquid-crystal display panels, or LCDs, that are used in televisions and computer screens.
The plant will be in House Speaker Paul Ryan's district, and represents a big win for the Republican leader.
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Scot Ross, executive director of the progressive advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, noted the WEDC is reporting the project will only generate $181 million annually in state and local tax revenue, but the subsidy program has an annual cost of up to $250 million over 15 years.
"This could be for Wisconsin what the Bakken did for North Dakota - we could see a jobs gold rush driven by Foxconn" and the ripple effect that prompts more work in other industries, Bauer said. Adding thousands of new workers will require construction of thousands of new homes, and already-depleted housing inventory in Wisconsin, like much of the country, makes that a bigger challenge.
Foxconn and Rockwell Automation are collaborating to implement Connected Enterprise and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts for smart manufacturing in Foxconn's new US facilities. Foxconn promised in 2013, for example, to invest $30 million and hire 500 workers for a new, high-tech factory in Pennsylvania that was never built.
The special session is scheduled to start Tuesday, although it's not yet known when lawmakers will actually vote on the bill.
"My main message was: There is a world-class university in Madison, Wisconsin", Blank told the Wisconsin State Journal, recounting her informal talks with Foxconn officials.
Foxconn announced the investment from the White House.