Editorial: Foxconn, UW-Madison pushing the boundaries of knowledge
Foxconn Technology Group continues to expand its investment in the state of Wisconsin, which now includes a strategic and very promising partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
While Foxconn’s primary interest in the state was as a location for a new facility to manufacture electronics products, a $10 billion plant in southeastern Wisconsin expected to eventually employ 13,000 people, it has also expressed interest in other areas of technology, as well as health-related research.
It is opening “innovation centers” in Milwaukee, Eau Claire and Green Bay, and part of its just-announced $100 million partnership with the UW includes a new facility on the engineering campus in Madison.
In the midst of political squabbling over state subsidies for the Racine County plant, Foxconn has continued to press forward with strategic investments in some of Wisconsin’s most valuable assets, including collaborating with the UW in, as Chancellor Rebecca Blank put it, “pushing the boundaries of knowledge.” We welcome the partnership.
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