Governor says Fox Valley will benefit from Foxconn plant

Published: Jul. 28, 2017 at 5:24 PM CDT
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Gov. Scott Walker is calling a special session of the Legislature on August 1 to consider a package of incentives to bring Foxconn to Wisconsin.

Foxconn is committing to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin and create 13,000 jobs over six years with an average salary of almost $60,000 a year. In return, the state will provide a $3 billion incentives package and expedite permits.

Speaking at Appleton International Airport on Friday, a day after the announcement, the governor called the deal a "once in a generation" opportunity.

The Foxconn factory campus will require 20 million square feet of land, which the governor says will lead to jobs statewide.

"To build that is going to take the equivalent of 10,000 construction jobs and another 6,000 indirect jobs relating to those servicing those providing those jobs. That's just not going to happen in southeast Wisconsin. We're going to need construction workers and companies from the Fox Valley and all over the state of Wisconsin," Gov. Walker said.

The massive project will be the Taiwanese electronics giant's first factory outside of Asia to manufacture liquid crystal displays -- the kind of display used in TVs, computer monitors, smartphones and tablets.

"We will be the first place in the world outside of countries in Asia to build, to manufacture, LCD displays, which are used not only in entertainment, but this new 8K technology we were talking about, going to be state-of-the-art in terms of entertainment, but in health care, in automation -- or automobile -- and aviation. When you think about all the different uses out there, it is unbelievable."

Walker also made stops in Wausau, Eau Claire and La Crosse to promote the venture.