RACINE COUNTY — Reaction was swift from area leaders heralding the announcement of a planned $10 billion deal to bring Taiwan-based Foxconn to southeastern Wisconsin, with potentially 13,000 jobs created.
A sampling of reaction from lawmakers and officials from the area:
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the company will benefit from Wisconsin workers, who he said are “the best in the world.”
“This decision will create thousands of good jobs, and I’m excited for all the Wisconsinites who will benefit. I’m grateful that I was able to be a part of this process, working the state leaders like Governor Walker, to make it a reality. This is an exciting day for our community, and we look forward to working further with Foxconn as we begin a new era of manufacturing here in Wisconsin.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, called it “a day to remember for Wisconsin” and said Foxconn will impact generations of Wisconsin families.
“We want our children and their children to stay and raise their families in our state. We want them to have good paying jobs and a vibrant economy. Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the future of the Badger State.”
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford said the availability of talent in the region will help the electronics giant. Parkside has helped train many workers in the region, she said.
“The news that Foxconn will substantially invest in southeastern Wisconsin continues the recent positive trend of dynamic global companies recognizing all that this region has to offer ... UW-Parkside will continue to work closely with community and business partners to ensure that they have the necessary talent for long-term success.”
State Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, lauded the deal as a “tremendous opportunity” while noting the incentive package that still has to be approved by the Legislature.
“I’m hopeful that these (jobs) will be the good, family-supporting jobs that we need in our community and that the economic incentives provided by the state will be in line with the jobs created as a result.”
State Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, said Foxconn did their homework and researched other options before choosing southeastern Wisconsin, which he said is key to more companies following suit.
“Foxconn locating in Wisconsin is a testament to the quality of our business environment, our people and our ability to provide the high quality workforce that companies look for. This type of investment is usually a catalyst for other business to locate in the vicinity. As much as our region has gained economically, I’m confident there is more to come!”
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, said the fact companies are investing in the area is a tribute to Republican-led reforms.
“These investments without a doubt show that the reforms we have made in the last six years, and that we continue to make, are working.”