Friends of Manufacturing

With flourishes, Walker and Foxconn chairman sign contract for huge factory, huge state aid


Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou signed off Friday on the biggest development deal in Wisconsin history, inking a contract that provides a once-unimaginable level of state financial aid for a massive manufacturing complex that backers say will transform the state’s economy.

Seated in front of an array of American and Wisconsin flags in a sleek hall at the historic headquarters of S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., Walker and Gou, head of the $135 billion Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, put their signatures on a deal that promises to put an immense liquid crystal display panel factory on 1,000 acres a few miles west, in Mount Pleasant.

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