Foxconn will start production at its Wisconsin plant in May with 1,500 workers, Gov. Tony Evers informed CNBC today. That’s significantly less than the 13,000 that Foxconn and President Donald Trump have stated the factory would employ because aat the White House.
The Taiwan-based electronic devices maker is best understood for putting together Apple’s iPhone and supplying parts for other tech business’ gizmos. It plans to construct LCD screens at the Wisconsin plant.
Foxconn’s handle Wisconsin suggests it needs to produce 1,820 tasks by the end of 2020 to get up to $270 million in tax credits. The business missed its 2018 target of 260 tasks. Ultimately, it need to strike a 13,000 objective by 2032 to get approved for aids of around $3 billion.
In an emailed statement, Foxconn focused on the construction of the “nearly 1 million square-foot facility” at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.
“Over the first year of work in Wisconsin, Foxconn has invested more than $150 million in construction contracts to Wisconsin-based businesses, supporting more than 1,000 jobs across 54 out of 72 Wisconsin counties for construction alone,” a spokesperson wrote.
It’s not the first time Evers has tempered expectations for the project, having noted that Foxconn had “” back in April. The Democrat inherited the deal from Republican predecessor Scott Walker, who helped woo Foxconn to Wisconsin with the largest incentive in state history. During his election campaign, Evers took a critical stance on Walker’s dealings with the company.
Evers’ office didn’t respond to a request for comment.
First published July 11 at 4:10 a.m. PT.
Update, July 12 at 1:47 a.m. PT: Adds Foxconn statement.