I am not going to go into all of the fabrications, changes, blown expectations, over promises, cheated municipalities, and disappointed public officials…and of course those hoping for high tech job from an international leader.
But I am going to bring your attention to a quote from President Donald Trump at the groundbreaking for the Foxconn plant in Racine County…it’s going to be the EIGHTH wonder of the world. Well let’s put this down as a promise not kept and a wonder where it went phenomenon:
Foxconn originally proposed a Generation 10.5 facility that would be an investment of up to $10 billion and create up to 13,000 jobs. The company said it would make huge display panel screens. Foxconn then scaled down its plans to make smaller ‘Generation 6’ screens found in phones and tablets — a less-advanced technology.
Days before the state declined to give the Foxconn Technology Group tax credits for work done in 2019, officials wrote that the Mount Pleasant facility “may be better suited for demonstration purposes rather than as a viable commercial glass fabrication facility.”
The memo casting doubt on the project states the Foxconn facility “if operational, would be the smallest Generation 6 (factory) operating anywhere in the world. It is less than one-twentieth the size of the promised Generation 10.5 project and would employ, if it ever became fully operational, only a small fraction of the local residents who WEDC expected to be employed.”emphasis mine
Smallest Gen 6 plant operating anywhere in the world…and other than one purported phone call to Foxconn after the plan changes, I don’t believe that the president has bothered to insert himself again to ‘bring manufacturing jobs’ to Wisconsin or the United States.