Foxconn will kick off production at its Wisconsin plant in May with 1,500 employees, Gov. Tony Evers told CNBC this week. That’s considerably fewer than the 13,000 that Foxconn and President Donald Trump have said the factory would hire since a 2017 announcement at the White House.
The Taiwan-based electronics maker is best known for assembling Apple’s iPhone and providing parts for other tech companies’ gadgets.
Foxconn’s deal with Wisconsin means it must create 1,820 jobs by the end of 2020 to get up to $270 million in tax credits. The company missed its 2018 target of 260 jobs. Ultimately, it must hit a 13,000 goal by 2032 to qualify for subsidies of around $3 billion.
It’s not the first time Evers has tempered expectations for the project, having noted that Foxconn had “shrunk their expectations” back in April. The Democrat inherited the deal from Republican predecessor Scott Walker, who helped woo Foxconn to Wisconsin with the largest incentive in state history. During his election campaign, Evers took a critical stance on Walker’s dealings with the company.
Neither Foxconn nor Evers’ office immediately responded to a request for comment.
First published July 11 at 4:10 a.m. PT.Update, 5 a.m.: Adds more detail.
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