Good news for Wisconsin. Wow. $100 million injection into the Wisconsin economy.
Operating bulldozers and other heavy equipment, crews Monday began shaping the site for Foxconn Technology Group’s planned, $10 billion manufacturing complex in Racine County.
More than 20 pieces of earth-moving equipment stood poised at the site along Braun Road in Mount Pleasant on Monday morning, as workers attended safety meetings and portable toilets were delivered.
By early afternoon, they had begun pushing serious loads of dirt — the most graphic sign to date that work is underway to build what Foxconn and government officials have said will be a 22-million-square-foot campus employing as many as 13,000 people.
A Foxconn spokesman said he anticipates a ceremonial groundbreaking within the next month or two, “when we can bring everyone together.”
Monday’s developments came as Foxconn and its general contractor, M+W | Gilbane, named 27 Wisconsin companies and one Illinois firm as subcontractors for the site-preparation work.
The companies — two of which were announced previously — have been awarded contracts totaling $100 million to handle such work as erosion control, mass excavation, stormwater management and testing. The site development phase of the project will require 500,000 hours of work and create 800 direct and indirect jobs, Foxconn said in a statement.