Evers Meets With Foxconn CEO About Wisconsin Project

May 2, 2019

Updated at 4:46 p.m. CT

Gov. Tony Evers met Thursday with Foxconn Technology Group CEO Terry Gou. The meeting took place at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, and it was the first time the two had met face to face.

Evers said he and Gou had a "great conversation" and they were building a "good relationship."  Evers said they also discussed how Foxconn operations would change as Gou steps away from daily operations to run for President of Taiwan. 

Earlier in the day at Milwaukee City Hall, Evers said he would tell Gou "it's great to see you and I'm looking forward to seeing that you're successful in the state of Wisconsin." Evers added that he would make clear to Gou Wisconsin's commitment to protecting taxpayers and the environment.  

The current deal makes more than $4 billion in state and local tax credits available to Foxconn if it invests $9 billion and hires 13,000 people at the plant it is building in Mount Pleasant in Racine County. But Foxconn has reduced the size of the display screen factory it plans to build and Evers says he thinks fewer people will be hired.

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave and Mount Pleasant Village President David DeGroot also met with Gou Thursday.  They released a statement, saying "today was another great opportunity to meet face to face with Foxconn leadership and discuss the Village of Mount Pleasant project.  We covered many topics, including Foxconn and the Chirman's ongoing commitment to investing in Racine County.  We continue to be encouraged by the progress we are seeing on the site."

Gou also has met with President Donald Trump to discuss the company's ever-changing Wisconsin project. Foxconn confirmed the meeting with Trump on Thursday but offered few details on what was discussed.  

Foxconn says Gou and Trump "discussed the latest updates and the positive progress" of the project, among other things. Gou announced last month he is running to be president of Taiwan.