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Empty Walmart shelves after coronavirus announcement in March 2020
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Empty Walmart shelves after coronavirus announcement in March 2020

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A look inside Mount Pleasant’s Walmart at 3049 Oakes Road on Friday, March 13, 2020, after Racine County announced earlier in the day that Racine County had its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

The photos were taken Friday evening, after a busy day of people flocking to the store. Many shelves were able to be restocked overnight. There still were many shelves with food, but basic items like cereal, eggs, milk, bread and canned foods were largely picked over on Friday night. 

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On June 28, 2018, there were news cameras from all over the world, the president was making big promises of jobs and economic investment, and others expressed upmost confidence that an energized economic engine was coming to southeastern Wisconsin during the groundbreaking at Foxconn's Mount Pleasant campus.

The fanfare followed Wisconsin agreeing to what could have been the biggest state government inventive package given to a private business in U.S. history. Those plans have changed drastically in the past three years, with the State of Wisconsin significantly downsizing its potential tax break investment by billions, while increasing its guaranteed incentives by millions. Simultaneously, Foxconn was given much more flexibility with its Wisconsin campus now that the originally agreed upon state-of-the-art LCD screen production facility plan is dead.

All those changes have come with Foxconn's leaders and cheerleaders willingly stepping away from local, national and international spotlights.

On Monday, to much less attention and more purposefully out of the public eye, Foxconn hosted a quiet ribbon-cutting for a few dozen stakeholders. It was the ceremonial opening of what is now the centerpiece of the much-changed campus: the 100-foot-tall High-Performance Computing Data Center Globe — i.e. “The Foxconn Globe.”

The company has confirmed that the building is operational and that people are working there. But, per usual, the publicly known details are few.

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