Trump and state, local leaders celebrate Foxconn groundbreaking

Published Thursday, June 28, 2018
by Milwaukee Business Journal

Shortly after digging up a few mounds of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for Foxconn Technology Group's incoming manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant, President Donald Trump praised state officials and leaders from Foxconn for bringing what he called "the eighth wonder of the world" to Wisconsin.

"Eighteen months ago, this was a field," Trump told the crowd. "Now it’s one of the most advanced places of any kind you’ll see anywhere in the world." 

The president spoke for about 35 minutes inside a building located at the site of the incoming plant, which included him telling the audience about the initial conversations with Foxconn and state officials to make Wisconsin the site of the plant.

Others who spoke Thursday included Foxconn founder and chairman Terry Gou, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

"Wisconsin has been the manufactural (sic) hub of America," Gou said. "It has the skill set, the hardworking attitude, the culture and the people to support the transformation to a high-tech hub to lead the future."

In between touting Walker as a talented person and asking Harley-Davison to "build those beautiful motorcycles in the USA," Trump also said the Taiwanese company will go beyond its promise to invest $10 billion in the state for the creation of its LCD screen facility, along with bringing more than the projected 13,000 jobs.

"This plant will add an average of $3.4 billion to the state's economy each year," Trump said.

Trump also said Foxconn is committed to building 100 percent of the factory "with beautiful American concrete and beautiful American steel made right here."

"This is just the beginning. I know Terry," Trump said. "This is just the beginning."



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