The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that the Foxconn Technology Group will soon announce the subcontractors selected for the start of its planned $10 billion project, and most of them are from Wisconsin.
“We will let companies know in the next couple days who will be the winners of the contracts,” Foxconn executive Louis Woo told the publication. “I’m very pleased to let you know that 90 percent of the winners are from the state of Wisconsin.” Woo said about 10 percent of the companies selected are owned by women, veterans, or minorities.
Woo said Wednesday the first phase of the massive LED plant project in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, will begin this week. Phase one will require 500,000 labor hours, Woo estimated.
Woo spoke during an America First Policies event in Milwaukee which was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence.
Wednesday also marked the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approval to allow the City of Racine to draw 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water per day to support Foxconn's manufacturing. Of that 7 million gallons, 2.7 million will be consumed and will not eventually return to the lake.
Opponents to the water request, the Compact Implementation Coalition issued the following statement Wednesday:
It is unfortunate that Wisconsin DNR is ignoring the spirit, intent and plain language of the Great Lakes Compact, along with the voiced concerns of thousands of Wisconsin citizens around this proposal. In light of today’s rushed decision, we are reviewing Compact guidance to understand appropriate next steps.
Following the approval, Clean Wisconsin issued a statement saying the environmental organization is also reviewing the DNR's decision and "weighing our options in coordination with our coalition partners."
"This proposed diversion does not meet the letter or spirit of the Great Lakes Compact. Racine’s application is clear in stating that none of the diverted water from Lake Michigan would be used for public purposes, as required by the Compact and state law," wrote Ezra Meyer, water resources specialist, in the Clean Wisconsin statement.
Construction of a new water line that will serve the Foxconn plant has been underway for weeks, and expansion and improvements to I-94 have begun.