Trump looks set to confirm that Taiwan’s Hon Hai will set up a huge factory in Wisconsin


The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce Wednesday that Taiwan tech giant Hon Hai will set up a massive manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, which would mark its first factory in the U.S.

The White House has put an ambiguous “jobs announcement” on its Wednesday schedule for Trump, following rumors that he would announce the new plant’s location soon.

Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer. Headquartered in New Taipei, it’s best known for manufacturing Apple devices.

Trump has previously said he hoped to bring Apple manufacturing to the U.S. to create jobs there as part of his “America first” agenda. While visiting Wisconsin in June, Trump hinted at Hon Hai choosing the state for the factory, saying that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would get “a very happy surprise.”

While the location of the factory has thus far remained unconfirmed, U.S. media outlets including the Wall Street Journal have reported that Wisconsin is the intended location. Hon Hai has also considered Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states.

The company previously said it would build a manufacturing facility in the U.S. that would employ up to 10,000 people, and that it would choose a location by the end of July.

Various U.S. states have been competing for Hon Hai’s business by offering different tax incentives for its new production facility, which is expected to bring broad economic benefits in addition to the high-profile jobs boost.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Hon Hai is planning to use the factory to produce display panels for large-screen televisions.