The Foxconn construction management team wants 60 percent of the development project completed by Wisconsin companies with 70 percent of the job hours worked by Wisconsin residents.
General contractor Gilbane plans to call for 10 percent of the subcontractors to be based in Racine County and 10 percent to be women, minority or veteran-owned businesses, according to Mark Maley, a spokesman with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Officials with Gilbane, engineering consulting company M+W Group, Foxconn, the Racine County Economic Development Corp. and the WEDC announced project plans this week in Sturtevant to an audience of 550 prospective subcontractors and suppliers.
The construction of the $10 billion manufacturing facility and extended campus to be located next to Mount Pleasant is expected to generate 10,000 construction jobs over each of the next four years. Foxconn and area economical development officials have suggested thousands more related jobs will be generated by the project.
Foxconn has announced it will begin construction later this spring.
Under the conditions of a $3 billion incentive package, Foxconn is to create 13,000 jobs over time once the facility is fully operational. Foxconn plans to manufacture flat-panel television monitors and some additional state-of-art products. The Taiwan-based company is currently operating out of a leased facility where it has begun some manufacturing.
While Foxconn has selected Mount Pleasant as its manufacturing location, it recently selected Milwaukee as its U.S. corporate headquarters.
Adam Jalen, a representative of Foxconn, told the session participants Tuesday the company’s top objective was to build capacity in workforce and in business in Wisconsin, while building a world-class facility.
Gilbane, an international construction company with offices throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries, has area offices in Milwaukee and Chicago. Some of the company’s noted projects include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5 in Chicago; and the Exxon-Mobil campus in Houston.
This week’s session is one of several planned throughout the state. Another contractor session is scheduled for Friday at Liberty Hall Banquet and Conference Center, 800 Eisenhower Drive, in Kimberly, Wis. Another is scheduled for Monday at Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright St., in Madison.
Maley said construction-related companies are asked to register with Gilbane to receive automatic bid alerts and notifications for upcoming pre-bid and matchmaking sessions.
Registration information is available at wisconnvalley.wi.gov.