President Trump, Terry Gou, Speaker Ryan greet Wisconsin LCD plant

Jeannette Daniel
July 28, 2017

President Trump had hinted at a June rally in Wisconsin that a new factory could soon open its doors in the state, saying he was "negotiating with a major, major incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions".

The 20,000-square-foot Foxconn facility, first of a series of facilities to be built in several U.S. states, will engage in the manufacturing of flat-screen LCD panels and employ at least 3,000 people to start, going up to 13,000 and 22,000 induced jobs in the coming years, according to White House officials.

The investment will total 20 million square feet, three times the size of the pentagon. the 11 Lambeau Fields. Walker was flanked by Vice President Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan as he spoke, along with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou.

"We are thrilled to build a state-of-the art display fabrication plant in America's heartland, which will be the first of a series of facilities we are building in several USA states as part of a robust 8K+5G ecosystem in the United States", Gou said.

After the announcement, Donald Trump took to Twitter to thank Foxconn.

Now that Wisconsin has landed a coveted Foxconn plant it will need to quickly transition to a more highly skilled workforce than the assembly lines that established the state's manufacturing legacy.

Foxconn has announced plans to build a massive facility in the United States, one that will include housing units, service businesses, stores and more.

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White House spokesman Josh Raffel confirms the Trump announcement would be on Foxconn, but wouldn't release details ahead of the event.

"If I didn't get elected, (Gou) definitely would not be spending $10 billion" on the project, Trump said.

The Taiwanese manufacturing giant, which plays a critical role in producing iPhones, could bring more than 10,000 new jobs to the state, the same source said. The company will build a facility that manufactures LCD screens for everything from self-driving cars to aircraft systems.

The governor, Donald Trump said his state would offer $3 billion in economic incentives to seal the deal.

News of the Wisconsin deal comes the same day Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $200 million tax incentive package geared toward companies that add hundreds or thousands of jobs.

Foxconn's promise to hire 3,000 people, which might turn in to 13,000 eventually, didn't come easy.

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