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5 days ago by Ianc
Why Foxconn Is Considering Engineers From China - Forbes
Some controversy emerged with a report that Foxconn, a Taiwanese company, plans to transfer engineers from China into Wisconsin to staff its large expansion into the state. A look at the demand for high-skilled talent nationwide and the small number of graduate students in key technical fields at Wisconsin universities might make Foxconn’s thinking more understandable.
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5 days ago by areadevelopment
Murphy’s law: 33 Wisconsin election winners and losers • Urban Milwaukee
Bruce Murphy has 33 lessons from Tuesday's election in Wisconsin, which threw out Trump-backed Foxconn-backing incumbent governor Scott Walker:
<p>Loser: Foxconn. The company was all in for its generous benefactor Scott Walker, announcing three suspicious satellite innovation centers in Milwaukee, Eau Claire and Green Bay, in order to convince voters their massive $4.1 billion subsidy would benefit the whole state, but polls show it didn’t work. Now they will face a Democratically-appointed DNR secretary, who may have different ideas about how much air and water pollution — and how much withdrawal of Lake Michigan water — is allowed. </p>


This is going to be one to keep an eye on. In other news, Wisconsin approved marijuana use, so that's an alternative use for those fields, perhaps.
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6 days ago by charlesarthur
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6 days ago by lurrel
Foxconn considers bringing Chinese workers to Wisconsin as US labour market tightens • WSJ
Yang Jie, Shayndi Raice and Eric Morath:
<p>The company, the Taiwanese supplier to Apple, has been trying to tap Chinese engineers through internal transfers to supplement staffing for the Wisconsin plant, according to people familiar with the matter.

The state pledged $3 billion in tax and other “performance-based” incentives to help lure Foxconn, and local authorities added $764 million. Foxconn must meet hiring, wage and investment targets by various dates to receive most of those benefits.

The company promised the state it would invest $10bn and build a 22-million-square-foot liquid-crystal display panel plant, hiring 13,000 employees, primarily factory workers along with some engineers and business support positions.

Foxconn said its “Wisconsin first commitment remains unchanged,” in a written statement to The Wall Street Journal in response to questions about its hiring plans. In a separate statement it said it still plans to ultimately hire 13,000, and the majority “will work on high-value production and engineering assignments and in the research and development field.”</p>


Foxconn says: nope nope nope. But Wisconsin's unemployment rate is well below the national average.
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7 days ago by charlesarthur
Did Scott Walker and Donald Trump deal away the Wisconsin governor’s race to Foxconn? • The New Yorker
Dan Kaufman:
<p>For [Racine mayor Cory] Mason, Foxconn represents a rare opportunity to revitalize his struggling home town. “We’re seeing incumbent companies raise wages in anticipation of Foxconn potentially attracting their employees away,” Mason said. “And they’re talking about over eleven thousand construction jobs just to build the Foxconn facility. That’s before you talk about the hundreds if not thousands of jobs needed to expand the interstate, the jobs that will be needed to put in all the water-utility infrastructure.”

Mason reiterated Foxconn’s promise that it will eventually create thirteen thousand “permanent” jobs in Wisconsin. But the company recently changed the type of factory it plans to build, downsizing to a highly automated plant that will only require 3,000 employees, 90% of them “knowledge workers,” such as engineers, programmers, and designers. Almost all of the assembly work will be done by robots. Gou, Foxconn’s chairman, has said he plans to replace 80% of Foxconn’s global workforce with “Foxbots” in the next five to ten years. The company still says it will hire 13,000 employees in Wisconsin, but it has fallen short of similar promises in Brazil, India, and Pennsylvania, among other places. Foxconn has already replaced 60,000 workers who were earning roughly $2.50 an hour in China…

…In <a href="https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2018/05/11/op-ed-foxconn-deal-will-actually-lose-jobs/">an editorial published on UrbanMilwaukee.com</a>, William Holahan, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee business school, and Charles Kroncke, a former professor at the school of business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, calculated that if Foxconn’s taxpayer subsidies were given to random entrepreneurs, the money would generate more than 90,000 jobs.

They note that Foxconn’s plant will be 20 miles from the Illinois border, so many employees will likely not be Wisconsin residents. And, they argue, it is impossible to consider the jobs created by Foxconn a net gain, because the company’s taxpayer subsidy is taking away billions of dollars from the public sector, where it might be used to repair Wisconsin’s deteriorating roads or hire teachers to fill out short-staffed rural schools. Already, $90m from the state transportation budget has been redirected from highway work in other parts of the state for Foxconn’s development.</p>

If it all works out, the subsidies might break even by 2042. The majority of Wisconsin voters are against the plan. Urbanmilwaukee has <a href="https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2018/09/21/wisconsin-budget-the-8-lessons-of-foxconn/">argued hard against it</a>. (The urbanmilwaukee site is worth a browse just to see how "other" news sites can look.)
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