Racine County welcomes Foxconn

A screen at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd. on Oct. 4 states “Racine County Welcomes Foxconn to the Village of Mount Pleasant.”

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MOUNT PLEASANT — The first water infrastructure work to service Foxconn Technology Group’s manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant is expected to start in January.

Racine’s Waterworks Commission has awarded two contracts to build water mains that will service the complex. The Water Utility is responsible for supplying water to the area where Foxconn is expected to build a liquid crystal display panel manufacturing plant.

The utility has about $133 million in water main infrastructure it needs to complete for Foxconn and a Mount Pleasant tax increment financing district for the project, said Water Utility General Manager Keith Haas. The majority of the funding for the infrastructure projects will come from the TID, Haas said, although the specific amount has not yet been settled. A TID is a financing tool that allows taxes generated by development inside the district to pay for improvements within it.

Contract details

D.K. Contractors received a contract to build a water main along the east frontage road of Interstate 94 between Highway 20 and Highway 11 in Mount Pleasant. It provided the lowest bid of 13 submitted for the project at about $1.97 million, according to a press release.

The road will be closed for reconstruction work by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation during part of next year. It is expected to reopen during the summer, the release states.

The water main is planned to support future development in Mount Pleasant. Work on the project is expected to begin in the first week of January, according to the release.

Advance Construction received a contract to build a second water main in the village along Highway H between the Renaissance Business Park water tower in Sturtevant and Highway KR in Mount Pleasant. The company’s bid was the lowest of 10 received for the work at about $5.35 million, the release states.

The main is expected to supply water for a concrete batch plant for the Foxconn project, as well as Foxconn’s facility.

Both projects are expected to be completed by April, the release states.

“The construction of these new mains is critical to the Foxconn project being able to move forward,” Haas said in a statement.

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