Foxconn plans to acquire property for its “innovation centers” later this year, a spokesman said after Dems raised questions regarding the company’s commitments outstate.
A question regarding innovation centers was one of many from Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz and Rep. Dana Wachs at a news conference yesterday regarding what they characterize as Foxconn’s “changing” investments.
“Why is Gov. Walker announcing innovation centers in Green Bay and Eau Claire, yet nobody there has heard anything about purchase price, economic justification, or when there will be a closing other than it will happen after the election?” Hintz asked.
Foxconn spokesman Evan Zeppos is declining to disclose purchase prices for the properties in Eau Claire and Green Bay, and isn’t giving a concrete hiring timeline, except to say the company will announce hiring plans after its human resources plan is finalized.
Foxconn previously announced it would hire about 200 employees at a Green Bay center and 150 in Eau Claire.
Hintz in a letter to WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan yesterday asked for clarifications on hiring timelines for the innovation centers.
Hintz and Wachs continued to criticize the Walker administration and WEDC for touting Foxconn’s commitment to creating 13,000 jobs given the company’s plans to first construct a smaller facility than originally planned.
Hintz, D-Oshkosh, shared with media a Foxconn jobs analysis from June 2017 he received through a public records request that shows the smaller facility would directly hire 5,200 while the larger one would directly hire about 8,800.
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