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Little movement on Foxconn 'innovation centers' in Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group promised to make a splash in Wisconsin beyond a massive manufacturing facility in the southeast part of the state, but there's little evidence that plans to build the so-called "innovation centers" are moving forward.

The Taiwan-based electronics giant announced in 2017 that it planned to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin and hire 13,000 people to build an LCD factory that could make display screens for cellphones, tablets and other devices.

Foxconn officials then stated plans to construct centers in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Racine and Madison. It said it would create more than 500 jobs in Milwaukee.

But Wisconsin Public Radio reported Wednesday that the development directors in those cities say those plans are on hold as Foxconn appears focused on its main manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant.

Foxconn released the following statement in response:

"It is important to understand that Foxconn’s vision is to ultimately create a technology ecosystem for the state of Wisconsin. This is outside the goals and objectives that we have set for the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.
The innovation centers are designed to be regional hubs for our technology workforce based in cities throughout Wisconsin. The innovation centers are being set up in locations with a local university and the graduates of those schools will serve as candidates for those centers. Our vision is that when complete, our innovation centers will work closely with our operations at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. The hiring of workers at the Innovation Centers will be completed in accordance with the respective hiring plans of the business units engaged in Wisconsin. Our first step is to build out the core of our network at our manufacturing facility in Racine and the hiring at our innovation centers will follow."
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