Technology supplier Foxconn denied reports Tuesday that it is considering staffing its planned Wisconsin facility with Chinese workers due to…
Technology supplier Foxconn denied reports Tuesday that it is considering staffing its planned Wisconsin facility with Chinese workers due to the tight labor market in the state.
“We can categorically state that the assertion that we are recruiting Chinese personnel to staff Our Wisconsin project is untrue, “Foxconn, which is based in Taiwan, told The Wall Street Journal in a statement.
Sources familiar with the matter had told the Journal that Foxconn may bring in personnel from China to staff the facility, given
Particularly, the source said, Foxconn Chairman Terry Ghou is seeking out company engineers who would be willing to move to Wisconsin.
Ghou is reportedly struggling to find employees who would move so far away and is frustrated by it.
Foxconn later told the Journal that its “Wisconsin first commitment remains unchanged.”
In an additional statement, it said that it still Plans to hire 1
,300 workers, most of whom will work on high-value production and engineering assignments and in the research and development field. ”
” We continue to focus on hiring and training workers from across Wisconsin. We will supplement that recruitment from other U.S. locations as required, “the company said.
President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump breaks Missouri campaign rally after woman collapses Fox News hosts join Trump on stage at Missouri campaign rally Nate Silver in final midterm projections: ‘Democrats need a couple of things to go wrong ‘to lose the House MORE touted the planned Foxconn plant in June, saying it will provide jobs for much more than 13,000 Wisconsin workers.
The labor market may stymie that in Part, the Journal reports. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that job openings overcame unemployed workers by 1 million in September.
Foxconn is actively seeking out talent at high schools and local colleges to try to find workers for its new facility, as other Wisconsin employers offer workers better benefits and perks to keep them from being poached by other states.
“All the technical schools and local universities are gearing up their programs, but I still do not hink Foxconn is going to fall short in terms of finding the people they need, “Loretta Olson, the owner of an Express Employment Professionals staffing office near the plant, told the Journal.
” They are going to have to recruit from outside the area. “