… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.


Your contribution is appreciated.

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – Qolsys Inc., which makes security and smarthome products, said it plans to expand a partnership with Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii) to start assembling IQ Panels at a facility in the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.

Based in Shenzhen, China, Foxconn Industrial Internet, was founded in 2015. Qolsys, which has its headquarters in San Jose, California, is a subsidiary of Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls.

Foxconn Technology Group could be eligible for as much as $3 billion in state tax incentives for building its $10-billion manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant and creating as many as 13,000 jobs. Other local incentives for the project and infrastructure improvements could amount to another $1.5 billion.

“Foxconn Industrial Internet enables Qolsys to deliver best-in-class manufacturing technology enabling our high quality and leading market position,” says Qolsys CFO Ken McMaster. “US-based manufacturing provides additional logistics benefits reducing lead times for faster customer deliveries and further expands our global footprint. In addition to our Juarez Facility which opened late last year, this new facility gives us greater flexibility to serve our customers in North America.”

Fii USA President Foo-Ming Fu said the Fii team will help Qolsys expand its platform by combining its smart manufacturing capabilities — such as artificial intelligence and industrial internet of things — with their manufacturing and supply chain experience.

“Our team is excited for the continued partnership with Qolsys and look forward to the opportunity to support their aggressive growth plans,” Foo-Ming Fu stated in a press release.

Qolsys makes residential and commercial security and home automation products, which it distributes to dealers in North America. 

The Qolsys announcement comes on the heals of FII wanting to build a 261,000-square-foot Smart Manufacturing Center (SMC) and a High-Performance Computing Data Center (HPCDC) manufacturing facility.

“The SMC will be a high-mix, low-to-medium volume production facility that primarily manufactures components for server racks. In addition, Foxconn continues to evaluate additional design options for a HPCDC that meets the needs of the company, as well as the needs of business, academic and community partners.”

Officials with the Mount Pleasant Plan Commission gave a preliminary nod to the Smart Manufacturing Center at a meeting held this week. Construction is expected to begin in mid-October.

The project is in addition to the one-million-square-foot Gen6 manufacturing, which is slated to be completed in late 2020.

Related story:

Foxconn Picks Milwaukee Contractor For 2 Major Projects: Report

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.