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Updated: President Trump, Foxconn to Announce New Wisconsin Display Plant

The People Behind Apple
July 26, 2017

President Trump says three new U.S. manufacturing facilities for Apple are coming. Foxconn, Apple’s primary manufacturer, says not so fast.

Updated July 26:

It looks like Foxconn has decided on a location for its new U.S. plant for display panels. The winning state is Wisconsin, according to CNBC:

Apple-supplier Foxconn will announce a plant in Wisconsin on Wednesday evening, accompanied by President Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a source with knowledge of the announcement told CNBC.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will also be present at the announcement in Washington, a source said. No exact location for the plant has been chosen — but southeast Wisconsin is under consideration, according to a source.

As originally published:

On Tuesday, President Trump told The Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook said to him Apple would build “three big plants, beautiful plants.”

The president explained:

I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he’s promised me three big plants—big, big, big. I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success. He called me, and he said they are going forward.

Later, Foxconn told CNN Money “it is not currently possible to confirm the locations for those potential investments or estimate the number of jobs that might be created.” Instead, they noted it was still “conducting an evaluation of the conditions and potential locations for establishing manufacturing facilities in the U.S.”

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported at least one Foxconn display plant would be opening in Wisconsin, while another was possible in the Detroit, Michigan area.

In recent months, Foxconn has also looked at places in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Texas for its new U.S. operations valued at $10 billion.

It was in January when Nikkei said that Apple and Foxconn planned on building flat-panel displays in the U.S. At the time, Gou told reporters that a U.S. production site could eventually create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

This wasn’t the first time that we’ve heard that Foxconn was considering moving or creating jobs in the U.S. In November, the Nikkei Asian Review said that Foxconn was considering moving some iPhone production to the U.S.

Where would you like to see Foxconn built a U.S. plant? Let us know below. 

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