Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory progresses, ‘innovation centers’ remain empty

Last April, The Verge reported that the Foxconn “innovation centers” in Wisconsin were empty and that renovations had seemingly ground to a halt. One year later, the buildings are still empty.

Foxconn Wisconsin. Image: Foxconn's Wisconsin 'innovation centers' remain empty
Foxconn’s Wisconsin ‘innovation centers’ remain empty (photo: Matt Jewell via The Verge)

Josh Dzieza and Nilay Patel for The Verge:

Foxconn originally promised to turn two buildings in Eau Claire into office space and research facilities. It never purchased one of the buildings and has taken out no substantive building permits for the other… The Green Bay innovation center has also made no progress.

The main Foxconn project — the factory in Mount Pleasant — appears to be moving forward, albeit at a much smaller scale than the massive Generation 10.5 LCD fabrication plant originally promised and specified in the company’s contract with the state.

Earlier this month, the company submitted a project report to the state claiming it now employs more than 550 people, enough to qualify for lucrative subsidies. (Most were hired at the end of last year.) And although no LCD fabrication equipment has been reported as arriving at the factory, Foxconn has announced a giant glass dome that will house a data center, along with deals to make robotic coffee kiosks and alarm system components in what’s been described as a “high-mix, low-to-medium volume” manufacturing strategy. And last week, Foxconn and Medtronic announced plans to build ventilators at the factory within four to six weeks…

The factory is set to open in May. Foxconn has deemed construction “essential,” and work continues even under Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order.

MacDailyNews Take: Foxconn’s “innovation” in Wisconsin simply occurs in negative space. 😉

But all I ever get
All I ever get is empty promises baby
Empty promises.
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      1. Dr-umph supporters are famous for juvenile rhetorical BS “I know you are but what am I?”

        It is extremely likely that Fat Orange has financial stake in the stuff he pushes from the bully pulpit. But you don’t want to know his financial ties, do you? Tax returns would prove or disprove his foreign entanglements. Care to explain why he refuses to honor his campaign pledge? Emoluments?

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        https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-trumps-broken-promises-one-month-into-national-emergency-2020-4#no-google-engineered-website-for-covid-19-screening-5

        Remember when GOPers were against market intervention by the federal government? Well those were better times. I wonder why they think it’s A-OK now.

        1. “It is extremely likely that Fat Orange has financial stake in the stuff he pushes from the bully pulpit.”

          Guilt by partisan fever fantasies from Fat Head Mike courtesy of juvenile name calling.

          Business Insider is about as credible as CNN or MSNDC, but you are too stupid to know that because they fit your feverish beliefs. I believe they call that propaganda, much like ALL your posts…

        1. So you want to say he is helping them raise the price of oil?

          The MAIN reason oil was low to begin with was American production, which the Saudis want to stop. They flood the market, lower the price, hurt the American oil producers at a horrible time and Trump says enough, raise you market prices back up.

          Of course, to a blinded by hate leftist, they don’t stop to think that as soon as the American producers go bust the Saudis are free to set the price way higher than it is now.

          Maybe you also don’t remember the Japanese steel dumping in the early 80s killing some steel production here.

          Yeah, go ahead with the assumption it’s all for Trumps wealth. Maybe they can impeach him…

  1. If only companies could turn their innovation from extracting funds from desperate Cities and States to actually building stuff. As things stand it seems more of a pin the tail on the donkey game or is it chicken and egg either way where success is always seems just around the corner and of course where both have their reasons for talking it up or hiding the fact it isn’t progressing as promised but far too often only one the actual desire to see it happen.

    1. • President Trump has adult children who work for his administration. Obama did not.
      • Trump does at least 12X more than Obama in international trade negotiations that were often face-to-face pre-COVID.
      • President Trump is taking 100% less salary than the Obama grifter.

      President Trump does not take a paycheck.

      The Obama grifter couldn’t run to the check-cashing store quickly enough. Had to keep up his secret stash of cancer sticks, don’t forget. No willpower. Weak mind, you see. Community organizer and freshman senator = no practical experience, but lots of bad habits.

      $400,000 per year, Obama took, even though he knew he’d be a multimillionaire just for delivering teleprompter speeches to corporations for the rest of his grifting life and his memoir of his inconsequential time in office where basically all he did was virtue-signal ad nauseam and sign executive orders that were erased immediately by President Trump.

      President Trump donates every cent of his $400,000 annual salary to various federal departments.

      Here’s where each of President Trump’s $100,000 quarterly salary donation went:

      • Q1 2017: Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service maintenance of a Civil War site
      • Q2 2017: Dept. of Education, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for children
      • Q3 2017: Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public awareness campaign about opioid addiction
      • Q4 2017: Dept. of Transportation, Infrastructure grant program
      • Q1 2018: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Caregiver programs
      • Q2 2018: U.S. Small Business Administration, “Emerging Leaders” program
      • Q3 2018: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      • Q4 2018: Dept. of Homeland Security
      • Q1 2019: Dept. of Agriculture Outreach programs
      • Q2 2019: Surgeon General’s Office, for public health advisories
      • Q3 2019: Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, to continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis
      • Q4 2019: Dept. of Health and Human Services, to help confront, contain, and combat coronavirus.

      1. The “adult children” is accurate. The “work for the administration” is not. Jared Kushner is a joke. Why on earth has he been put in charge of ventilators? Leave it to the professionals.

        1. Ivanka Trump is a senior advisor to her father, President Donald J. Trump. Ivanka Trump, like her father, does not take a salary for her work for the country.

          Jared Kushner is a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Trump. Jared Kushner, like his wife, Ivanka Trump, and his father-in-law, does not take a salary for his work for the country.

          1. The fact that Jared Kushner is not taking a salary does not any way mitigate the real damage he is doing the country. At least Ivanka is saying the right things about global warming, child care, and a few other things. Too bad that her father doesn’t listen to her. That is not her fault. Donald Trump listens to no one except despots, war criminals, and corporate lobbyists.

  2. If OPEC, or Russia are hurting to sell their oil, you do not throw them a life line, if the price is 22 dollars a barrel you give them 20 dollars…..Isn’t that the art of the deal? Ha..Ha…Treasonous…I’m sure the Art of War has a chapter on that….

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