‘Strong pos­si­bil­ity’ for Fox­conn site in Michi­gan

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

Gov. Rick Sny­der ex­pressed op­ti­mism that Tai­wanese elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­turer Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group will open a fa­cil­ity in Michi­gan, but he said the specifics re­main un­cer­tain and it could be a few months be­fore any po­ten­tial deal takes shape.

In a phone in­ter­view Mon­day night from Shang­hai, where he was con­clud­ing a nine-day trade trip in China, Sny­der said there is a “strong pos­si­bil­ity” for Fox­conn to still lo­cate in the state af­ter the com­pany in re­cent weeks picked neigh­bor­ing Wis­con­sin for a $10 bil­lion dis­play panel plant with 3,000 em­ploy­ees that could grow to 13,000.

Chi­nese me­dia out­lets re­ported over the week­end that Fox­conn plans to open a re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­ter re­lated to self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles in Michi­gan, where Gen­eral Mo­tors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are based. The com­pany has not con­firmed the plans, in­stead re­peat­ing that Michi­gan is one of the states un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for some sort of in­vest­ment.

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