Foxconn Affirms Wisconsin Factory Plan, Citing Trump Chat

Foxconn, the Taiwan-based consumer electronics giant, said Friday that will the item was committed to building a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin after a conversation between the company’s chairman as well as also President Trump.

In a statement, the company said the item “is actually moving forward with our planned construction of a Gen 6 fab facility,” a type of plant that will turns out displays for consumer products.

Foxconn did not say when the conversation between Mr. Trump as well as also Foxconn’s chairman, Terry Gou, took place or who initiated the item.

Mr. Trump hailed the announcement Friday in a Twitter post, calling the item “great news.”

The development comes after a tumultuous few days in which Foxconn sent mixed signals about its proposed $10 billion facility in Wisconsin — an investment that will was announced in 2017 by Mr. Trump at a White House event with Mr. Gou.

The company did not say Friday whether the expected mix of its work force might change after the conversation with the president.

Timothy Bartik, an economist for the Upjohn Institute in Kalamazoo, Mich., said Foxconn’s statements had left confusion about the company’s intentions. “the item’s very hard to reconcile all these statements,” he said. “The additional day Louis Woo said U.S. labor costs made the item impossible to profitably produce flat-screen TVs inside the U.S.”

The possibility that will company might not make display screens in Wisconsin was “devastating,” said Assemblyman Gordon Hintz, the Democratic minority leader. “We were promised manufacturing jobs,” he said. “We were promised state-of-the-art LCD production. We were promised a game-changing economic opportunity for our state.”

Republicans, for their part, said the shifting aims for the plant reflected the election of Gov. Tony Evers, the Democrat who ousted the incumbent, Scott Walker, in November. “The company is actually reacting to the wave of economic uncertainty that will the brand new governor has brought with his administration,” said a statement by the Assembly’s speaker, Robin Vos, as well as also the Senate’s majority leader, Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans.

The company later insisted, in two statements, that will the item was not retreating by its plan to build a manufacturing facility, yet was re-evaluating what products might be made there. Mr. Woo, the chairman’s special assistant, told The Times that will “the global market environment has necessitated a reconsideration of which technology” might be produced in Wisconsin.

“The word ‘factory’ does not suitably encapsulate the broad vision we have for our Wisconsin project,” Mr. Woo said.