Wisconn Valley News - April 13, 2018

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Project Status

M+W | Gilbane released the first invitation to bid on Foxconn construction. All bids are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16. The invitation to bid can be found here:

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Information sessions kicked-off on April 3 in Sturtevant, where M+W | Gilbane discussed the procurement, or bidding, process for subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms. The company said it follow a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place "Wisconsin First" while building significant capacity in both workforce and businesses. 

So far, more than 900 attendees have participated in the first six information sessions, and an additional one has been scheduled for Milwaukee. Remaining information session details and registration can be found by clicking the button below.

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Approximately 300 individuals attended the Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair at the Racine Civic Centre in Festival Hall to explore and take steps to launch good-paying careers in southeast Wisconsin's growing construction industry. The free event featured over 50 vendor booths representing trade associations, education and training providers, and workforce development programs and services, such as Wisconsin Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, International Union Operating Engineers, National Association of Minority Contractors, WRTP/BIG STEP and Gateway Technical College. 

The Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing on Foxconn air permits for the liquid crystal display manufacturing facility. The public comment period remains open until April 16.

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The public waits to speak with Foxconn representatives to learn about anticipated careers at the Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair.


Road Updates

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Work is fully underway involving the various resurfacing projects. Work on WIS 20 continues with base patching and milling operations all taking place. Delays continue to be seen in and around the I-94/WIS 20 interchange. There will be a full closure of the ramps connecting to WIS 20 from I-94 Friday night (April 13) beginning at 8 p.m. and running until Saturday (April 14) morning at 9 a.m. There are full closures overnight on County H between County A in Kenosha and WIS 11 in Racine. This work is part of the project resurfacing both County H and County A. The work along County A and H is on pace to be completed in approximately a month. The work at Braun Road between the East and West frontage roads will be completed by the end of the day on April 13, allowing the road to be opened up to east-west flowing traffic after a brief closure.

I-94 mainline work continues with the prep package being worked on. Progress is on pace to meet the May benchmark goal for the stage completion. Work is also progressing on schedule for the completion of the work along the frontage roads. The reconstruction of the roadways is anticipated to be completed by the target dates in June.

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Adam Jelen from M+W | Gilbane speaks to local officials, business owners and state officials about their commitment and construction strategy being the general contractor for the Wisconn Valley project.


What's Next

Over the next few weeks M+W | Gilbane will review the bids submitted for the soil testing, erosion control, mass excavation and storm water work related to Phase One of construction.  Excavation work is expected to begin in the next several weeks.

The remaining information sessions continue to be held.  Remaining locations are: Black River Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Rhinelander, and Wausau.

In the next few weeks, the Village of Mount Pleasant  will begin legally transferring certain parcels of land to Foxconn.


Interesting Facts

  • CEO Terry Gou founded Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., LTD in 1974 with $7,500, and the business has since grown to become one of the world's largest technology companies.
  • Mr. Gou is providing a personal guarantee to demonstrate his commitment to the project for up to $241,250,000.
  • M+W | Gilbane established its procurement (bidding) for subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms will follow a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place "Wisconsin First" while building significant capacity in both workforce and businesses.


Recent Announcements

From the News

Racine County welcomes new job-training program

April 10, 2018

By Alyssa Mauk, The Journal Times

RACINE — A multitude of jobs promise to come with Foxconn, and a new job-training program has arrived to help make filling those positions a little easier.

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Foxconn executive: We are committed to environmental sustainability

April 1, 2018

By Louis Woo

The excitement within the Foxconn team is building as we prepare to break ground on our state-of-the-art display manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. We are working with state and local officials to obtain all the necessary permits for the project, and we will pay close attention to the public hearing held by the state Department of Natural Resources Tuesday.

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MATC to create Cyber Security dual degree to meet Foxconn needs

March 30, 2018

By Julia Fello, TMJ4

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Area Technical College is in overdrive to meet the needs of Foxconn and other area manufacturers.

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The Wisconn Valley News is published every other week and designed to keep interested individuals up to date on Foxconn construction plans, infrastructure improvements, traffic pattern updates, and more.  Local elected officials, suppliers, contractors and members of the public are encouraged to turn to the Wisconn Valley News for the latest project status, road updates, next steps, and interesting facts.  When appropriate, special bulletins will also be distributed to ensure the most timely information possible.