Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn is getting ready to break ground n a state-of-the-art liquid crystal display manufacturing plant — big enough to hold 11 Lambeau Fields — on 1,200 acres that today are mostly farmland, bounded by sleepy two-lane roads.
Wisconsin officials have committed to spending up to $3 billion to lure the project backers say could transform the area’s economy.
For the southeastern Wisconsin region — including portions of northern Illinois — there is a tantalizing prospect of building an advanced manufacturing hub around the project. But there are also questions about whether Foxconn, which has failed to follow through on ambitious U.S. factory announcements in the past, will deliver on its sizable promises — and, if it does, what that will mean for existing businesses that have trouble filling jobs and for residents watching to see whether Foxconn will be a good neighbor.
Both the excitement and the uncertainties are magnified by the unprecedented scale of the project and the rapid pace at which it’s moving forward.
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