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Evers, Foxconn say Wisconsin project moving forward

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 12:48:44-05

MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' administration and Foxconn Technology Group say they are moving forward with plans for a project that could employ up to 13,000 people.

Both sides said Thursday they continue to work well together amid reports that Foxconn is changing direction for the site away from manufacturing in favor of making it a research and development hub.

The head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says there have been no attempts to renegotiate the Foxconn contract. Mark Hogan led the organization under former Gov. Scott Walker when the deal was struck and continues to be its leader under Evers.

Hogan says Evers and his administration "have done a very good job of reaching out to company officials and developing a relationship that will protect our taxpayers' interests."

Foxconn says Thursday that all interactions with Evers and his team have been constructive.

Foxconn reportedly is considering suspending work on its massive project in southeast Wisconsin, according to a Japanese financial publication, but the company says it remains committed to the project.

Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday reported the Taiwanese iPhone assembler's "$10 billion investment in display production in the state of Wisconsin has been suspended and scaled back as a result of negotiations with new Gov. Tony Evers."