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The Foxconn con continues to unravel in predictable ways.

Foxconn Technology Group is reconsidering plans to make advanced liquid crystal display panels at a $10 billion Wisconsin campus, and said it intends to hire mostly engineers and researchers rather than the manufacturing workforce the project
originally promised.

Announced at a White House ceremony in 2017, the 20-million square foot campus marked the largest greenfield investment by a foreign-based company in U.S. history and was praised by President Donald Trump as proof of his ability to revive American manufacturing.

[…]

Rather than a focus on LCD manufacturing, Foxconn wants to create a “technology hub” in Wisconsin that would largely consist of research facilities along with packaging and assembly operations, Woo said. It would also produce specialized tech products for industrial, healthcare, and professional applications, he added.

So that thing they said they were going to do? They’re not going to do it.

And the 13,000 jobs they said they would create? They’ll probably turn up around the same time Scott Walker stops looking like he’s had one bong-hit too many and admits he’s a libertarian scumbag.

Earlier this month, Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple Inc., reiterated its intention to create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin, but said it had slowed its pace of hiring. The company initially said it expected to employ about 5,200 people by the end of 2020; a company source said that figure now looks likely to be closer to 1,000 workers.

I do wish I could be present for the upcoming meeting between Gov. Evers and Foxconn execs. I wonder if the execs will be relieved or disappointed that he doesn’t spend the meeting licking their shoes?

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