Foxconn reached another milestone Thursday for phase one of their $10 billion manufacturing project in Racine County.
The company said it will begin site work by the weekend. The first order of business is digging up a large field in Mount Pleasant.
The first pieces of construction machinery cruised onto the future home of Foxconn Thursday afternoon with hundreds more soon to follow. Earlier this week, Mount Pleasant Village President Dave DeGroot transferred 800 acres to Foxconn.
Now that Foxconn is in control of the land, the field will be excavated for erosion control and storm water management.
“The first phase will involve a peak workforce of approximately 400 workers on site,” said Gilbane Building Company Vice President Adam Jelen.
Over the next five years, Jelen said that number will climb to 11,000. The project will also involve 6,000 employees through sub-contractors for services and goods to fill the plant. Jelen has picked the first set of 30 sub-contractors to help with excavation.
“Right now 90-percent of those contracts are from the state of Wisconsin,” he said.