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Before the massive buildings that will house factories and other operations on the Foxconn Technology Group campus can be built, some structures will have to come down.

The Village of Mount Pleasant will start seeking bids next week for the first demolition work tied to $10 billion, 22-million-square-foot manufacturing campusThe initial demolition work will focus on properties along Braun Road. The bids will be separated into two packages — one for projects north of Braun Road and one for south of Braun Road.

Interested bidders must attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday at Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. Bids will be due at 10 a.m., May 24.

Contractors must also submit pre-qualification statements before submitting any bid.

The work will include razing and removing structures as wells as outbuildings. Flatwork, driveways, and aprons will also have to be demolished and removed. The work will also include filling basements, crawl spaces and excavated areas with an approved granular material. Bids will also be let for landscape restoration, traffic control as needed, and erosion control. The bids cover 12 parcels related to Braun Road north in the Village of Mount Pleasant and 11 parcels related to Braun Road south.

“Our first bid for demolition work is just the next big step forward for the Village to prepare for construction of Foxconn’s manufacturing campus,” said David DeGroot, Village of Mount Pleasant president.

The Foxconn campus will include multiple buildings totaling 22 million square feet on a 1,000-acre parcel. The project is expected to generate $31 million per year in new property tax revenue, which is expected to pay for all of the public improvements and development costs incurred by the tax increment district.

The facility will manufacture liquid crystal display screens used by computers, televisions self-driving cars, aircraft systems and other products, according to published reports. The plant will be the first of its kind in North America and the only one not located in Asia.

Read more about the project: Foxconn building in Mount Pleasant.

Mark your calendar for Foxconn Groundbreaking June 28

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For fans of lines of guys in suits posing for pictures holding gold shovels, mark June 28 on your calendar. That is the date Foxconn Technology Group has scheduled its groundbreaking ceremony for its massive manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant.

The company has stated its plans to operate a 22-million-square-foot, multi-building campus employing up to 13,000 people. Cost of developing the complex has been estimated to reach $10 billion. And, following the lead of the state’s economic development corporation, the company refers to the complex as the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park.

$100 million in Foxconn contracts awarded

Foxconn Technology Group and its general contractor, M+W | Gilbane have released the list of 28 subcontractors that will undertake site development work for Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park, what Foxconn and locals are calling the advanced display fabrication facility and research and development campus in Racine County.

All but one of the companies are based in Wisconsin, the other is an Illinois company. According to a release, “The companies selected will draw their direct and indirect workforce from approximately 60 of the 72 counties across Wisconsin.”

The site development work includes erosion control, excavation, stormwater management and testing work. The initial phase of the construction project will reportedly require 500,000 hours of work on site and create 800 direct and indirect jobs.

The companies selected include minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned business enterprises.

RCEDC and ManpowerGroup will Conduct Workforce Analysis

In partnership, ManpowerGroup, Racine County, and the Racine County Economic Development Corporation will undertake an in-depth workforce analysis to strategically assess the impact of talent supply and demand across multiple industries throughout Racine County.

The analysis will review 2017 talent supply and demand, then look at 2018 as well to provide a future-forecast of existing and potential talent pools. The workforce analysis will drive the creation of a sustainable pipeline of competitive talent in key, in-demand skills clusters in the near and long-term.

Live from Mount Pleasant: public meetings

The Village of Mount Pleasant now livestreams meetings on the Village’s Facebook page and on its website. One can assume that for many years to come, a lot of those meetings will be Foxconn related.

Click here to like the Village’s Facebook Page and view previously recorded meetings, and view future live streams.

Do you commute? Check out our stories on the Interstate 94 construction project and the Douglas Avenue construction project.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.