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Reports: Company that makes iPhones mulls huge plant in Wisconsin

The plant could create tens of thousands of jobs, but the company has made similar promises before and not followed through.
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Wisconsin could be in for a jobs bonanza if a Taiwanese company that makes iPhones confirms rumors that it will open a new plant in the state.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Foxconn is considering either Wisconsin or Michigan for a plant location, noting that the Taiwan-based company is looking at "immense sites."

Such a plant could potentially employ up to 50,000 people, with the Racine and Kenosha areas apparently under consideration, though the newspaper notes that Foxconn has previously made promises about job creation in Wisconsin before that it didn't full follow-through on.

The Washington Post reported that Foxconn, which makes iPhones for Apple's Chinese customers, also said in 2013 it would build a $30 million, 500-job plant in Pennsylvania that also never came to fruition.

Foxconn announced it would be making the investment in the U.S. shortly after President Donald Trump's election win, saying it would pump $7 billion into the economy and hire those 50,000 workers, the newspaper notes.

And the Associated Press reports that the apparent negotiations ongoing between Wisconsin and Foxconn could be behind the reason why Trump, on a visit to the state this week, said Gov. Scott Walker might get "a very happy surprise very soon."

CBS News reports that Foxconn also assembles smartphones and other devices for Sony, Blackberry and other brands, and its plants in China employ around a million people.

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