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Six Racine County-based companies were among those named by Foxconn Technology Group as part of the group of contractors to put up the first building at the company’s manufacturing site in Mount Pleasant.
The 12,000-square-foot structure will provide office space to construction companies working on other projects in what has been branded as the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.
The Racine County companies include:
- Aerial Specialists, Racine, renting lifts and other equipment
- Carlson-SRS Langer, a Racine-based joint venture, roofing
- Hiram Power, Racine, lighting
- Jasperson Sod Farms, Franksville, landscape materials
- Postorino Decorating, Racine, painting and staining
- Witte Supply Co., Burlington, landscape materials
The new building will also have a research and development center, where Foxconn will work on various applications of its advanced display technology. Crews are expected to begin working on the first building at the Foxconn site in August and wrap up late this year.
Of the 37 contractors to be awarded work on the project, just three of those from Wisconsin have their headquarters more than 60 miles from Foxconn’s site in Mount Pleasant.
Only seven of the companies are from outside the state. Of those companies, most are Illinois-based, and all have offices in Wisconsin.
The contractors from Illinois include the concrete supplier Ozinga, rebar supplier Midwest Construction Materials, Mariana Plants and overhead-door company Paul Reilly Company. Besides the companies from Illinois, SiteOne Landscape Supply, from Georgia, and ASC Pumping Equipment, from Kansas, also won work on the project.
Six of the 37 firms that will work on this phase are owned by women, minorities or veterans.
Foxconn and the lead contractors M+W Group and Gilbane have set quotas that call for companies from Wisconsin to perform 70 percent of the construction work on the project and for 10 percent to specifically go to companies that have their headquarters in Racine County. Project managers also have a goal of ensuring 10 percent of the work goes to companies owned by women, minorities and veterans.
“Today’s announcement reflects Foxconn’s continued commitment to a ‘Wisconsin First’ plan by working with companies all across the State,” said Louis Woo, special assistant to the Foxconn Founder and CEO Terry Gou in a statement. “We are proud all of these companies have Wisconsin operations, and it is good to see that many are from Southeast Wisconsin, as well as some from the Madison area, the Fox Valley and West Central Wisconsin.”