Reports: Foxconn coming to Racine
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) – Reports say the Foxconn plant will be built in Racine County.
State Senator Van Wanggaard represents most of the county and told CBS 58 on Friday the plant is coming to his district.
“We’re going to have Foxconn here. It’s coming here. It’s going to be in my district. This is going to be huge. We need to make sure our kids are ready to step into those positions and stay here and live here,” says State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R) – Racine.
CBS 58 has reached out to several officials to confirm the report. So far, we’ve only heard back from the Racine County Executive’s Office.
A spokesperson for Jonathan Delagrave sent CBS 58 a statement that reads in part,
“While we would welcome this type of development in Racine County, it is our policy not to comment on speculation around potential development opportunities. “
Foxconn is certainly not a done deal and it comes with a price. Wisconsin is offering a Foxconn a $3 billion incentive package. Some democratic lawmakers are not convinced it benefits taxpayers. According to the proposal, Foxconn would have to meet certain job goals, but democrats called the language ‘vague.’
They’re also concerned the bill violates due process. The proposal allows Foxconn to bypass the court of appeals and take all appeals matters to the Supreme Court.
The State Senate is set to vote on the incentive package next week, followed by the State Assembly.
Over time, Foxconn could bring up to 13,000 new jobs to the area and another 9,000 indirect jobs will be created across the state.
To give you an idea of how many jobs that is, the Amazon facility in Kenosha only employs around 1,500 people.
The Foxconn campus would be massive. Officials say it would take up roughly 20 million square feet, which is three times the size of the Pentagon or for Packers fans, 11 times the size of Lambeau Field.