President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin a couple weeks ago and hinted we were in for a big surprise.
The surprise was widely believed to be that Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that manufactures the iPhone and other devices, was looking at Wisconsin as a manufacturing site. Recently, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said we need to improve the infrastructure of southeast Wisconsin to make it more enticing to Foxconn.
I would urge Speaker Vos and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to take a hard look at Foxconn’s record. The Wall Street Journal and other reputable news outlets have reported extensively about workers in Foxconn’s factories jumping to their deaths because of the high pressure atmosphere in those factories.
Furthermore, Foxconn has announced it has entered into a three-phase automation plan that will fill their factories with “Foxbots” and almost totally eliminate workers. These developments are very troubling for China as they provided infrastructure, energy sources and a variety of incentives to bring jobs to their rural populations. Foxconn has stated a goal of 30 percent automation by 2020 and full automation shortly thereafter.
Why would Foxconn bring jobs here when its goal is full automation? Beware, Wisconsin.
Terry Jones, Deerfield