Amid President Trump’s ‘Made in America’ push, six U.S. states vie for Foxconn’s $10+ billion U.S. display factory

“President Donald Trump has called for firms to build more products in the United States,” Jess Macy Yu and J.R. Wu report for Reuters. “He has made several announcements since his election in November about U.S. investments by both foreign and domestic manufacturers, building on his campaign focus on preserving and creating American jobs.”

“Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker and a major Apple Inc supplier, plans to invest more than $10 billion in a display-making factory in the United States and will decide on the location of the plant next month,” Yu and Wu report. “Foxconn operates vast factories in China, where it employs a million people and makes most of Apple’s iPhones, but so far it has not invested heavily in manufacturing in the United States. ‘This time we go to America, it’s not just to build a factory, but to move our entire supply chain there,'” [Founder and Chairman of Foxconn Terry] Gou told shareholders, without providing specific details.”

“‘In the U.S., the state governors’ sincerity and confidence to attract investment… is beyond my imagination,’ Gou said,” Yu and Wu report. “According to Tai Jeng-wu, CEO of Foxconn’s Japanese unit Sharp Corp, six U.S. states were being looked at for a possible location for the display-making plant.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Gou said the first investment agreement should cover at least three states, with at least three more eyed for later investments; a total of six states. He mentioned seven individual states that are in the running: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas.

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  1. Taxpayers will watch the race to the bottom as states roll out corporate welfare in an attempt to lure employers, then will be powerless to stop those employers from displacing those workers with automation.

    At one time the Ford River Rouge factory was almost entirely self sufficient. Raw material — real raw — came in one end of the complex and finished cars out the other. Total vertical integration. Workers were paid enough to realistically afford to buy anything they made. Now Wall St claims it is better to ship parts all around the world in search of slave labor rates. Money managers skim all profits. Those who make products will not afford to buy them in their lifetime. And because Manufacturing jobs are disappearing kids don’t develop skills to repair or maintain stuff. Wally World trained them that everything is disposable. Even if they get lucky and find a solid middle class service job, many kids don’t expect to own anything. They flock to overpriced cities where home and car ownership makes no financial sense.

    Wall St will make assholes like uber dork Travis K a multimillionaire, his workers minimum wage dependents with no way to climb the ladder, looking at a future to be replaced by a car with aerospace grade autopilot that even multimillionaires would have to stretch to afford. Not a sustainable future for anyone.

    Federal and state governments in the USA need to learn how Germany is so successful at maintaining a strong industrial base which is critical to achieving full employment with meaningful work for everyone. For the past two generations, the USA has been outsourcing its future, and it shows.

    1. Re- Apelock
      Not a fan of RTW laws but the economics are clear:

      VW USA Plant Tennessee
      Mercedes USA Plant Alabama
      BMW US Plant South Carolina
      Toyota US Plants Kentucky, Texas and Mississippi
      Nissan US Plants Tennessee and Mississippi
      Hyundai US Plant Mississippi

      Honda is the exception in Ohio.

      The Mitsubishi plant in Illinois, VW plant in Pennsylvania and Mazda plant in Michigan were sold or closed.

      Do you notice a trend?

            1. No. She gave me the keys to the high school. My own boredom, drugs, (whispers – it was so fucking easy to open back doors of businesses back then.. it was).

              You’ve never been awake for 2 weeks have you. One night… I was stopped by the FBI while in an office in an strip mall. They told me to put everything back. I said ok. I did and when I was finished, they were gone. So I took it all.

              Sadly (not) it’s part of me and you could say has barely affected my life.

            2. It’s wonderful, the story you’re telling about yourself — in a strange way, it’s filling out another story, the story of why a small group of persistent visitors to an out-of-the-way forum like MDN devote so much energy to political and platform advocacy.

              I wish the other virtual combatants had the guts to tell their stories, the way you did. I’ve tried to do the same thing, but it made little difference — people despised me for being an obnoxious twit. It’s far, far worse when standing up for another person, I’ve found. Far worse.

            3. Earth to Herself.

              You’re in cyberspace and anyone can say anything about themselves.

              Unlike journalism, no checks and balances exist.

              But I understand your faith in posts and good intentions …

            4. I understand and this isn’t normal. I may have had opinions in the past but seeing the response to Obama who did a good job under difficult circumstances and the reaction and the environment now just boggles my mind and I guess I’ve just given up on fucks. Quite literally, the comment I made about life being good is because I don’t have to worry about it now. truth be told, this is all predictable.. society changes and sometimes it’s not pretty . speaking of bot.. I’ve been many things. I was on public access TV in Tucson with the Arizona Militia accusing Clinton of burning children alive at waco. I’ve seen the UN trucks on the road between I-10 an I-8.

              I think bot sees liberal and that defines me. I see racism in trump, misogyny, hate, sexism and sexual abuse as a self confessed sexual predator and unfaithful husband. confession, that is also a failure of mine in the 80’s. This guy is horrible and the antithesis of their faith and values and they literally idolize him. Idol worship.

              Tell you the truth it’s fascinating.

              And still I hold back.

            5. About the stories. I made the claim that if they wrote the comprehensive history of the computer business, I would be a chapter. That’s a significant claim and I don’t make it lightly. I associated with the pioneers from 80 to 85 and have been in the computer business steadily since then in many capacities. I have a lot of stories to tell and bot said I was delusional aobut it. Nope. It’s all real, gates, jobs, The Terrells, Pava, Morrow, Kay, Bushnell were all associates as a major sales and retail figure.

              I ws just a salesman and store manager and “jobs like” figure to the organization. Certainly not jobs or gates.

              Maybe a couple of pages in that chapter. There are magazine articles quoting me from the day.

            6. stories
              Aww man bot. I would think that first hand stories about unboxing an Apple Lisa to set up on the display floor would be interesting. Trying to grasp the desktop concept, waiting for things to load…. or maybe coming in one monday and Mike says we got a new computer. An Apple III. Came dead so I did the Sol Drop Test and it started up. Sold one later that morning.
              Or, since you are fixated on my plantation mentality for some doG awful reason there is this. Ruth. All long dresses and peasant blouses. Oh yeah. combat boots too. All natural all over. We’d spend a few days at my second floor victorian place in Eureka… a few days at her cabin overlooking big lagoon, north of Trinidad, WA. A drafty cabin, cold with northwest nights, crisp and cold. It was a drafty cabin too. I learned to be natural then. Eating granola bars and checking mucus at 4:30 in the morning for birth control. Do a search for big lagoon. Look at the images. The ones from the north looking south… that was my view…
              ooops.. looks like I got distracted.
              Computer stories. This is a computer site.

              Something I wrote to bot.

    1. Well, you could be right, but that raises the spectre of a single-party regime. Historically, that has not worked out well for anybody.

      When you remove the imps and demons of the opposition party, you create a vacuum of competition that can only result in your own corruption. Human nature will not, and never has been, denied. We are natural-born killers and proud of it. When there is no one left to kill, we look inward.

      1. I don’t read you had a problem with Democrats ruling Congress for what was it, 45 years? Until the Gingrich revolution in 1994 destroyed the juggernaut …

        1. Well, except for when raygun cut taxes and had to raise them again and the war on drugs created a war on the streets and mentally ill people were dumped on the streets and the CIA started selling crack cocaine to raise funds for arms and the simple minded fell for the boogeyman with dark skin… you mean the good old days before all that happened?

        2. Don’t be dense. I’m talking about Pinochet, Hitler, Khomeini. Here in the USA we have a robust system that resists those kinds of outright coups and takeovers. Some on the left might be making those comparisons but they are talking nonsense.

          My response to botvinnik, who claimed that the demise of the plantation party was imminent, was literal. If that party dies, who replaces it as the loyal opposition? Without any opposition, excesses are bound to occur. Without competition, there can be no accountability. Without accountability, there can be no justice. Without justice, life is hardly worth living.

          1. Dense? You did not address my factual post, but that’s fine. Let’s move on.

            Botty saying the Plantation Party will die can be interpreted in many ways.

            Unlike you, I interpret it as the Democrat Party will inherit its overdue comuppenance as a power hungry and control freak RULER.

            On the depleted sidelines, they will NOT give up their opposition despite your theory and musings …

            1. Yes, your interpretation is milder and more on target. I generally agree with you, but don’t say my interpretation is baseless. botvinnik is a loose cannon that needs to be rolled back to its slot on the gunwale whenever an ocean swell knocks it loose. His exuberance has gotten him banned in the past, and I feel protective of him. Is that so wrong of me?

            2. Your interpretation of Botty, at least how I read it right or wrong, is if the Plantation Party is diminished it will go away as the opposition voice of resistance. Not true. Dems live for politics, power and control and will NEVER STOP.

              Now, if I misinterpreted your post, please set me straight.

              That said, looking out for Botty is a good thing and totally agree. Provided you do not misinterpret his post …

            3. You don’t get it, probably because you’re a man and can’t help seeing a snake under every rock. I care about public policy in the same way I care about my vegetable garden and the purity of the local groundwater. That is, I care about the quality of my personal life. If a ballot measure comes up that would restrict my freedom to cultivate, I get involved. If a gun control initiative threatens to shut down local firing ranges, I react publicly. Electricity rate hikes? I’m there at the hearings wearing my power suit and brandishing a folder of legal challenges from other districts.

              For me and I think most other ordinary people, politics is all local. Regions have specific needs. Every city, every county, has a mayor or supervisor and a board filled with local farmers and businessmen and women that understand what’s going on in the places we live and work, and we have an idea what to do if only government would see its way clear to help us, rather than mindlessly regulate us.

              National political parties are a pestilence. Their absurd ideologies make no sense in any community I’ve inhabited these last forty years except to fuel disageements at the dinner-table. And yes I favour brussels sprouts, which makes me a communist or worse since G.H.W. Bush announced his dislike of them. I wonder what Joe McCarthy liked to eat.

            4. He hated broccoli, but close enough.

              I admire your civic duty at the local level, in your community. Yes, that’s where the rubber meets the road everyday of our lives.

              A bit testy and terse, it’s OK, but I agree with your principles … ✌️

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