Apple Supplier Foxconn Considering Wisconsin Plant

Jun 14, 2017 3:49 pm PDT by Juli Clover

Apple supplier Foxconn has been considering opening a facility in the United States, and the company is investigating Wisconsin as one possible location, reports The Associated Press.

According to an unspecified person with "direct knowledge" of the negotiations, the state of Wisconsin is currently in talks with Foxconn. Michigan is also said to be pursuing the Foxconn plant.

President Donald Trump alluded to negotiations with an unspecified company during a visit to Milwaukee on Tuesday, saying [Wisconsin Governor] Walker might get "a very happy surprise very soon." Trump said "we were negotiating with a major, major incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions."

Rumors suggesting Foxconn might open a United States factory first surfaced last November, after Apple reportedly asked suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to look into the feasibility of producing iPhones in the United States.

Foxconn in January confirmed that it was mulling $7 billion joint investment with Apple for a U.S. factory that would produce displays. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said that a U.S. display facility could make sense given the increase in demand for larger display panels, but he did express some concerns over the skill of the workforce in the U.S. and negotiating a deal with the government.

Foxconn has reportedly been in talks with both the U.S. federal government and individual state governments for several months over the facility, which, if established, could be used to manufacture displays for the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

Gou in January also said Foxconn is planning to establish a new molding facility in the United States, with Pennsylvania cited as a possible location. It is not clear if Wisconsin will be the home of the molding facility or the display facility built in partnership with Apple.

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56 months ago
In before the leftists say more manufacturing in America is a bad thing
Too bad leftists couldn't get in before you wrote nonsense. Let me guess, you want the new plant to be powered by coal.
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56 months ago
In before the leftists say more manufacturing in America is a bad thing
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56 months ago
But I thought the naysayers said there was no one left in the U.S. with manufacturing skills
Isn't that the exact same concern the Foxconn chairman has? So can we count him among the naysayers?
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56 months ago
Why is this in the Politics sections?
Re-read several above posts
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56 months ago
But I thought the naysayers said there was no one left in the U.S. with manufacturing skills
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56 months ago
In before the leftists say more manufacturing in America is a bad thing
ummmm... who exactly listens to leftists? they are on the same level as right-wingnuts. i.e. living in la la land.

Did you mean liberals? If so, when have you ever heard a liberal argue against manufacturing here? They do not. They argue for utilizing best practices that don't harm our irreplaceable environment. Which, with today's technology, can be done.
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Except you DO realize that coal plants in the US use/used scrubbers to clean the exhaust. Let’s look at China for having the highest pollution rates. Also, what is it that plants breathe? Why yes, carbon dioxide! God’s creation is a beautiful balance.
And that would be true of God's creation if we weren't deforesting the planet at an alarming rate. While pumping tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. It doesn't magically disappear.
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