MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday announced a new state Foxconn website to keep people informed about the project and also announced the first resource fair for construction workers interested in working on the project.
The resource fair is scheduled for March 29 at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth Street, according to a release issued Wednesday morning. Individuals interested in construction work for Foxconn or the surrounding infrastructure development will be able to get information to understand the opportunities and qualifications associated with the project, in addition to connecting with available resources to assist with becoming fully qualified. The specific time for the event has not yet been announced.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the state’s regional economic development organizations, will “host informational sessions for construction contractors around the state that will provide potential subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors with details on how they may be able to support the Foxconn construction project,” according to the release.
“There is no question that momentum for Foxconn is continuing to grow as we get closer to breaking ground on the manufacturing campus — not just in southeastern Wisconsin, but in every region of the state,” said Walker. “Whether it’s online, via the email newsletter or during community meetings, we look forward to sharing more information about the Foxconn project and the positive ripple effects it will have statewide.”
Walker also announced the new website Wisconnvalley.wi.gov, as a place with the latest information about the project, along with details about job fairs and an overview of the project.
“We will soon break ground on Foxconn’s $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus in Racine County, and we’re starting to see a flurry of activity surrounding this once-in-a-generation project,” Walker said. “We want businesses and residents of Wisconsin to have access to information when it comes time to get involved with Foxconn whether it’s for a new a job or involving their small business. This new website and upcoming informational meetings will help ensure that Wisconsinites receive the most up-to-date and accurate information possible about the project, which will create up to 13,000 jobs directly, 22,000 indirectly and have a positive economic impact throughout the state.”
The website includes details on the Wisconsin supply chain marketplace, which enables companies seeking to do business with Foxconn to register to get connected with the company; allows people to sign up to be notified of bidding opportunities as the project progresses; along with construction updates on the project, as well as nearby roads and highways.
Taiwanese-based Foxconn, a designer and manufacturer of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and finished products, plans to build a $10 billion manufacturing campus of 32 million square feet in the southwestern corner of Mount Pleasant, with construction starting sometime this year. The campus is expected to employ up to 13,000 people — excluding an estimated 10,000 construction jobs and many thousands more indirect jobs.