Foxconn promised 'innovation centers,' but hasn't yet delivered. (NPR, 1/13/2020)
Bauman said the entire project was designed to ensure the re-election of Walker, a Republican, in 2018. Walker lost that year to now-Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat.
"No question about it," Bauman said. "And to a lesser degree to play to a political storyline that (President Donald) Trump was trying to pedal."15 months after buying the building, Foxconn starts first major non-tenant work on its Milwaukee headquarters. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/11/2019)
The company said at the time [June 2018] that it needed “a state-of-the-art facility.” And — using its preferred shorthand for artificial intelligence, ultra-sharp display panels and the emerging generation of high-speed data networks — the firm said it wanted design possibilities that would “showcase Foxconn’s continuing innovation in leading-edge technologies that AI 8K+5G will enable.”
The company said it expected to begin the work in September 2018.
Foxconn at two years: Factory being built, innovation centers unfilled, pledge to UW not yet met. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/26/2019)
The first major remodeling is planned at Foxconn's downtown HQ -- for an Ixonia Bank branch. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/16/2019)
Ixonia. You've seen the name hundreds of times on exit signs if you've traveled I-94 between Madison and Milwaukee as much as I have.
I walked into the front lobby, a small space undecorated except for a narrow strip of Foxconn-spangled wallpaper behind a receptionist desk in the corner. The receptionist politely declined my requests to speak with someone from Foxconn, directing me to a media email. When I told her I’d tried it already and received no response, she assured me Foxconn people do exist, but finding them would take some investigating. When I tried the email again, a publicist said that they were “aware” of my visit and directed me to a recent press release.
Keeping tabs on Foxconn Place in
2/20/2019 update, "Foxconn's long and winding road to innovation", starts here.
Gleaned from Foxconn's big plans for its Milwaukee headquarters have yet to materialize, city, records indicate. (Miwlaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/2019)
Original 11/1/2018 post, "Hey, landlord! Scott Walker's Foxconn gives new meaning to innovation", starts here.
Foxconn buys downtown office building for $14.9 million, says 500 people will work there. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/15/2018)
Baird & Co. to expand into large portion of Foxconn headquarters in downtown Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/1/2018)
Robert W. Baird & Co.: Who We Are
Get me rewrite. In La Crosse, Foxconn cheerleader Jonathan Delagrave offers Scott Walker BS to skeptical crowd. (9/25/2018)
So sez a minor-league GOP donor. (8/19/2018)
UPDATE: Goofy Scott Walker sure to offend voters all over the state with Foxconn headgear and desperate re-election message. (7/31/2018)
Headline news: Makes me wonder if something fishy is going on at Foxconn. (6/12/2018)