Foxconn Facilities Coming to Eau Claire, Green Bay & Milwaukee
Foxconn Technology Group has agreed to buy an 89-year-old, six-story office building in downtown Eau Claire called The Grand and create a technology hub that will employ at least 150 people. Foxconn said it will update the structure and turn it into "an incubator and laboratory for next-generation technological solutions."
Foxconn said it has also purchased more than 15,000 square feet of co-working space in Haymarket Landing, which is a part of a public-private partnership aimed at redeveloping downtown Eau Claire and its riverfront. The company plans to use that space as an innovation center related to high-definition displays connected to ultra-fast data networks. Operations at the Eau Claire properties are to begin early next year.
News of the Eau Claire plans follows the announcement in June of a similar tech center in Green Bay, and purchase of a downtown Milwaukee office building that will serve as the Taiwan-based company's North American headquarters.
Meanwhile, state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Schilling (D-La Crosse) issued a statement condemning Walker's "multi-billion-dollar state tax giveaway for Foxconn."
"While Gov. Walker celebrates yet another taxpayer-funded subsidy for Foxconn, our local schools continue to struggle, our roads are falling apart and we're seeing an unprecedented spike in farm bankruptcies," Schilling said.
Excerpts: Rommell, Rick. 'Foxconn says it will open tech center in Eau Claire, create 150 jobs.'Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 16, 2018