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Dickert: Water Department approached by Foxconn
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Dickert: Water Department approached by Foxconn

From the Special section: Bringing Foxconn to Wisconsin series
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RACINE — Global manufacturer Foxconn has approached the city’s water department about supply for a potential facility, Mayor John Dickert said Saturday.

Dickert said he didn’t know exactly what the Foxconn representatives said to city Water Utility General Manager Keith Haas. But he mentioned that Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that manufactures smartphones for Apple, Sony and Blackberry, would want to pull water from several locations in the city.

Dickert added that Racine “hasn’t been a part of the conversation” about where Foxconn will locate its facility and would like to know more information about the tech giant’s plans.

“Given that they will need not just sewer and water, but bus service and housing, we hope that we become part of those conversations shortly,” Dickert said.

Foxconn reportedly is looking at sites in Racine County for a new American manufacturing plant. President Donald Trump strongly hinted that the location would be in Wisconsin when he visited the state in June; Racine County Board supervisors have met in closed session three times in recent weeks and have authorized a $500,000 line of credit for the Racine County Economic Development Corp.

The city provides water and sewer services to Mount Pleasant and Caledonia, two possible factory locations, as part of an intergovernmental agreement that began in 2002. The city uses funds generated from that deal for developmental projects, including the first phase of the event center project.

While he remains in the dark about the company’s plans, Dickert views the potential plant as a major opportunity for the city and its job situation.

“Anything that comes into the region with that many jobs is going to be beneficial to the city,” Dickert said.

Dickert said he hopes to gain additional insight into the project soon.“This is a billion-dollar deal and we don’t know anything about it,” he said.

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