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Foxconn globe move-in expected in March, project manager tells Mount Pleasant Village Board
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Foxconn globe move-in expected in March, project manager tells Mount Pleasant Village Board

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MOUNT PLEASANT — Foxconn’s High-Performance Computing Data Center Globe, the 100-foot-tall symbol of the Taiwanese tech giant’s shift away from production and toward data technology at its Racine County campus, is expected to be ready for a full move-in by mid- to late March, according to a Monday night update at a Mount Pleasant Village Board meeting.

Claude Lois

Lois

“The final touches are coming,” said Claude Lois, Mount Pleasant’s Foxconn project manager.

The HPCDC is expected to facilitate the Wisconn Valley Network Operations Center, where Foxconn employees will be able to support Foxconn technologies such as Industrial 5G networks, cloud computing and industrial artificial intelligence. Lois said everything is on track for the construction and they will soon be conducting occupancy evaluations for the HPCDC.

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The inside of Foxconn's High-Performance Computing Data Center Globe is shown in a presentation earlier this month.

When asked if he had any idea what the total number of employees are at Foxconn at this point, Lois said he did not know. “I know they’re ramping up in the smart manufacturing facility,” he added, referring to the 296,000-square-foot facility at the site, which the company says is nearing completion this year.

The globe has become an emblem of Foxconn’s shifting priorities away from its initial plans to build larger LCD (liquid crystal display) screens for things like TVs and vehicles in Mount Pleasant. Last week, Foxconn indicated that its new goal in Mount Pleasant is “to capture a substantial percentage” of the U.S. server board market.

In January 2020, Foxconn had announced it awarded $2.3 million in construction contracts to build the globular structure.

In 2017, then-Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker made great fanfare of the arrival of Apple's biggest supplier, Foxconn. Foxconn had agreed to build a facility to manufacture large-screen TV displays and create 13,000 jobs. In exchange, Wisconsin would offer an enticing series of tax breaks, totaling $4 billion. Now, Business Insider reports the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has rejected Foxconn's application for tax subsidies. Business Insider reports Foxconn had to have at least 520 people under employment by the end of 2019 to receive the subsidies. Foxconn claimed to have hired 550 people, but Wisconsin says only 281 of them met the qualifications listed in the contract.

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