Foxconn [2354:TT] has denied a report claiming that the company will bring Chinese workers to its facility in Wisconsin, as reported by manufacturing.net on November 7. On October 30, the Wall Street Journal reported that Foxconn was facing difficulties in recruiting engineers and other workers in Wisconsin for its USD10bn facility. Therefore, Foxconn was considering bringing some workers from China to the site. The report also pointed out that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is extremely low, at only 3%.
Since Foxconn has altered its plan to scale down the first phase of its USD10bn facilities in August, the company has been criticized by local media as the contract manufacturer received approval for a USD3bn incentive package from the Wisconsin state government over 15 years. Foxconn's original plan was to set up a 10.5 generation (10.5G) LCD plant. Later the company confirmed it would first build the smaller factory at its chosen site in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Nevertheless, the company said it will fulfill its plan to create 13,000 jobs and invest USD10bn to build manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin.