Area businesses attend informational meeting on Foxconn project

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Work at the site of Foxconn's future high-tech manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant could begin as soon as later this month. 

Adam Jelen, Senior VP of Gilbane Construction, said bids for work on excavation, stormwater management, and erosion control work at the site just east of the Interstate between Highway 11 and County KR have already been received. 

"We anticipate those will be awarded in the coming weeks," he said. 

Gilbane and M+W Group are the professional construction managers for area one, phase one of the Foxconn project. 

The $10-billion Foxconn facility will create liquid crystal display panels and could employ up to 13-thousand people. 

On Thursday night, companies hoping to work on the project received information on how to bid for work in fields like supply, vending, subcontracting, and construction. 

An informational meeting on Foxconn-related work was held at the We Energies building in Downtown Milwaukee. It was hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Milwaukee 7, Gilbane, and M+W Group. 

Thursday's meeting was one of 13 such informational sessions scheduled around the state this month. 

"Foxconn is a generational win for our region, and the economic impact of the company's investment will reach every corner of southeastern Wisconsin," said Jim Paetsch, vice president of corporate expansion and attraction for the Milwaukee 7. 

"Construction of Foxconn's campus in Mount Pleasant will present construction companies, subcontractors and suppliers with an opportunity to participate and benefit from this unprecedented investment. We look forward to hosting these events," he said. 

Phase one of the Foxconn project will create about 10,000 direct construction jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs annually during construction. 

Foxconn hopes to begin manufacturing operations in Racine County in 2020. 

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