Two local companies contracted for Foxconn phase 1 construction

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SEYMOUR, Wis. (WBAY) - Foxconn says initial construction work on a sprawling plant in southeast Wisconsin is getting underway.

With $100 million worth of contracts given out, it's expected to create 800 direct and indirect jobs.

The Taiwanese tech giant chose Neenah Foundry, Panacea Group and 26 other suppliers to prepare the site in Mount Pleasant for construction of the display screen facility.

All but one of the companies are from Wisconsin. The other comes from Illinois.

"It's exciting, I tell you that," said Keith Plaster of Panacea Group.

Seymour-based general contracting company Panacea will be putting its trucks to work during phase one of Foxconn construction.

The trucks will be hauling site materials on and off the property.

"As you can see these two trucks are sitting right now," Plaster said. "So right now it's been a wet spring, so things started off slow, and we'll be hiring two more drivers for the project down there in Foxconn."

Back in April, Action 2 News covered area economic group NEW North meeting with companies interested in bidding on Foxconn contracts.

They say the next phases of Foxconn construction will focus on building the facility, meaning more contracts will likely come to northeast Wisconsin companies.

"We definitely have a number of strong construction firms, so my understanding the size of this particular project is going to be so great that you're going to engage a number of those companies," said Connie Loden of NEW North.

Panacea group hopes to get more contracts with the Foxconn project as the phases continue.

"That will ramp us up phase two. We would like to do more general contracting portion of it, whether it'd be their fire sprinkler systems or the HVAC or elevators," said Plaster.

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