In June 2018, Foxconn officials along with then-Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. leaders announced the tech giant would open an innovation center in downtown Green Bay that would employ 200 tech workers. The original goal was to have the office in the Watermark building open by the end of 2018.
But while the company initially met with some contractors on the project, those meetings have stopped. Kevin Vonck, development director for the City of Green Bay, said in a story that aired on Wisconsin Public Radio that Foxconn plans to begin some interior construction next year.
The story is the same for other previously announced innovation centers in Eau Claire and Racine, where work has stalled. Foxconn has yet to comment on the status of planned innovation centers in Milwaukee and Madison.
Read our original story on Foxconn’s announcement to open a Green Bay innovation center.
Foxconn is recruiting students from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Gateway Technical College in Racine and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to work for the company through a talent development program. Students in the program “will become full-time Foxconn employees with health and other benefits such as ‘time off with pay’ to learn and earn credits on campus,” Alan Yeung, Foxconn’s director of U.S. strategic initiatives, said in a press release.
Yeung said the “earn and learn” program will rely on the innovation centers.
While the innovation sites are on hold, Foxconn has amped up construction on its main manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant.