At the risk of beating the same horse too much on these editorial pages, it is worthwhile to point out that another promise has been kept in the Foxconn development.
When the Taiwan-based company was being courted by the State of Wisconsin to locate its gigantic new factory in the state, officials talked about how other Wisconsin businesses would benefit if Foxconn were to build here.
That statement became true and official in the past few days as Foxconn and its general contractor announced a list of subcontractors selected to conduct site development work for Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park, its advanced display fabrication facility and research and development campus in Racine.
All but one of the companies named are based in Wisconsin, and the only one which is not is just over the border in Rockford, Illinois and undoubtedly employs Wisconsin residents.
As a matter of fact, people with ties to the Tri-County News coverage area will be contributing to the Foxconn project. Some of those people work for Michels Corporation based in Brownsville near Fond du Lac. That company will be providing aggregate and underdrain for the massive project. In addition, the nearby Neenah Foundry Company will be a material manufacturer for the project. The companies selected also include minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned business enterprises.
In total, the contracts awarded in the past week have a total value of $100 million. The companies selected will draw their direct and indirect workforce from approximately 60 of the 72 counties across Wisconsin. The site development work includes erosion control, mass excavation, stormwater management, and testing work. This phase of the construction project will require 500,000 hours of work on site and create 800 direct and indirect jobs.
This is just the start of the 13,000 jobs Foxconn plans to create with its development here. Being sandwiched between Milwaukee and Chicago will help it find those people. In the meantime, ground is being moved and people from all over the state—including around here—are benefitting from it.
—Mark Sherry