Ryan: Fox­conn could lo­cate in his district

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

MADI­SON: House Speaker Paul Ryan said Fri­day he met with of­fi­cials from the Tai­wanese com­pany Fox­conn as it con­sid­ers build­ing a plant in Wis­con­sin that could em­ploy up to 10,000 peo­ple. Ryan told re­porters that his south­east Wis­con­sin con­gres­sional district “still could be” in the run­ning for the plant, even though the city man­ager of his home­town Janesville said the fac­tory would not be go­ing there.

Ryan said he met with Fox­conn of­fi­cials at the re­quest of Gov Scott Walker and he’s work­ing closely with the state’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion to find a “good fit” for a fac­tory. Other south­east­ern Wis­con­sin cities in Ryan’s district that are close to Chicago, in­clud­ing Racine and Kenosha, are con­sid­ered pos­si­ble con­tenders for a large fac­tory.

Fox­conn plans to an­nounce by early Au­gust its plans for lo­cat­ing a dis­play panel fac­tory in the U.S. that could cost up to $7 bil­lion. The com­pany as­sem­bles smart­phones and other de­vices for Ap­ple, Sony, Black­berry and other brands - mostly in China, where its plants em­ploy about 1 mil­lion peo­ple. Fox­conn Chair­man Terry Gou has men­tioned Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan, Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia, Illi­nois, In­di­ana and Texas as manufacturing states with which the com­pany hopes to work.

“There is great po­ten­tial there for a lot of great jobs to come to Wis­con­sin,” Ryan said. “We’re hav­ing those kinds of con­ver­sa­tions with Fox­conn to do that.” Hopes that Wis­con­sin may win the plant were buoyed last month when Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said his ad­min­is­tra­tion was ne­go­ti­at­ing a US ex­pan­sion with “a ma­jor, ma­jor, in­cred­i­ble man­u­fac­turer of phones and com­put­ers and tele­vi­sions.” Trump, who made the com­ments while in Wis­con­sin, said that Walker could be get­ting a “very happy sur­prise very soon.”

Ear­lier this week, state Assem­bly Repub­li­can lead­ers said that Fox­conn is con­sid­er­ing a plant in south­east­ern Wis­con­sin that could em­ploy 10,000 peo­ple. Walker and state eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cials have re­fused to dis­cuss any po­ten­tial deal while talks are on­go­ing. Ryan de­clined to dis­cuss de­tails about where Fox­conn may lo­cate af­ter be­ing asked about com­ments made by the city man­ager of Janesville, Ryan’s home­town, in­di­cat­ing it was out of the run­ning.

The Janesville Gazette re­ported that City Man­ager Mark Fre­itag said Fox­conn had ruled out Janesville be­cause there weren’t enough avail­able work­ers in the area. A 10,000-job em­ployer would ac­count for about 15 per­cent of Janesville’s to­tal cur­rent work­force. “This was a big ask, for sure,” Fre­itag told the news­pa­per. —AP

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