WASHINGTON – Foxconn, the global electronics giant that assembles Apple products, will build a $10 billion manufacturing plant in Wisconsin that is expected to generate 3,000 jobs, the White House announced Wednesday.
“This is a culmination of many months of discussions between the White House Office of American Innovation and Foxconn, and numerous meetings here at the White House,” said a senior administration official, who added the deal marked “the first of many [investments Foxconn] will be making in the United States.”
Foxconn, which is formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, said last month it planned to open a display-making factory somewhere in the US.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told a Wisconsin TV station that Trump was aboard Marine One over Kenosha, Wisconsin, in April and spotted the site of a former Chrysler plant.
When Foxconn executives met with Trump in the Oval Office, “the president said I know a good spot where you should go — that place in Kenosha,” Priebus said.
But the manufacturing giant hasn’t always fulfilled its promise to contribute to domestic job growth.
In 2013, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told Pennsylvanians he was planning to invest $30 million to create a high-tech factory in the state’s central region that would employ as many as 500 workers.
The company, which is based in Taiwan, never followed through.
For his part, Trump has long urged Apple to manufacture its products inside the U.S. and met with Gou to lobby for more American facilities.
“One of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to places that you go to, you’re making your product right here,” the president told Apple CEO Tim Cook last November.
Foxconn is best known as Apple’s primary manufacturing partner, and it assembles…