Wisconn Valley News - October 26, 2018

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Construction equipment on the site of Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. (Photo courtesy of Curtis Waltz / aerialscapes.com)

Project Status

Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park Construction

Construction of the multipurpose building is entering final stages with utilities and landscaping remaining as some of the last components.  Crews continue working on two large building pads.  The site currently averages around 128 workers and 100 dump trucks a day.  Top soil and site stabilization for winter is underway as we prepare for the season ahead.  


Career Training Available for Racine County Residents

With unemployment rates at historic lows, Wisconn Valley public- and private-sector leaders and State of Wisconsin officials have come together to meet the needs of employers by financing $1.4 million in occupational skills training and helping 200 underemployed residents participate more fully in the workforce.  On October 17, 2018, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen joined Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, Racine Mayor Cory Mason, and Racine Area Manufacturers & Commerce (RAMAC) President & CEO Matt Montemurro to announce two Wisconsin Fast Forward grants totaling more than $700,000.  The DWD grants to Racine County and RAMAC serve as a match for the over $700,000 in workforce training funding raised locally through a coalition of partners including Racine County, Racine Community Foundation, United Way of Racine County, UMOS, and WRTP/Big Step. 


Badger Meter, Coleman Tool & Manufacturing, Cree, EC Styberg, Gilbane Building Company, InSinkErator, and Modine are among the employers that have committed to hire individuals who complete training funded through the funds raised locally and matched through the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program.  Trainees will be prepared for careers in a variety of high-demand sectors, including advanced manufacturing and construction.  If you are an individual in Racine County seeking occupational skills training, or you know of someone who is interested in gaining such training, please feel free to contact Travis Richardson in the Racine County Human Services Department at 262-638-6449, or Travis.Richardson@RacineCounty.com.

About Wisconsin Fast Forward

Wisconsin Fast Forward is a matching funds grant program established by the State of Wisconsin to assist employers in meeting their critical needs for skilled workers and increasing their competitiveness.  Wisconsin Fast Forward grant applicants demonstrating strong employer hiring commitments and innovative approaches to train new or existing workers in less than 12 months may request matching funds of up to $400,000.

If your company is interested in learning more about the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program, please visit: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/wff_standard.htm.

Gateway Technical College Invests $6.5 Million in iMET Center Expansion

Gateway Technical College broke ground this week on a $6.5 million expansion for the SC Johnson iMET Center.  This expansion nearly doubles the size of the current facility, providing additional classrooms, laboratories, and office space.  Several corporate sponsors are providing robots and accessories for the facility, including Amatrol, Fanuc Robotics Americas, Siemans, Snap-on Inc., and Trane Corp. 

Gateway has also previously announced additional academic programs to prepare for the growing Industry 4.0, in large part due to Foxconn's commitment to invest $10 billion in a new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant.

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Water Agreement

An intergovernmental agreement has been approved by the the City of Racine, the Racine Water Utility and the Village of Mount Pleasant to ensure that water infrastructure costs associated with the Foxconn development are funded through the company's $10 billion investment and are not at the expense of taxpayers or ratepayers.  In addition, the agreement reduces by 85 percent the connection fees currently charged to new developments and includes major increases to public safety and transit funding.  

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Road Updates

Wisconn Valley Road construction update

Thank you to everyone who attended the October 17, 2018 public meeting regarding preliminary designs for County KR between County H and Old Green Bay Road. WisDOT staff are reviewing the comments received. A public hearing is currently planned for early winter.

A pre-bid meeting was conducted on October 18, 2018 for contractors interested in the first phase of road construction on County KR, including the Wisconn Valley Way and County KR intersection in Racine County. This project will expand County KR from the east frontage road to just east of County H from a two-lane, rural roadway to a six-lane, divided urban roadway. Work also includes storm sewer and new traffic signals. Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2019.  

Braun Braun Road and International Drive crews are working on roadway embankment and box culvert construction.

Paving operations continue at Willow Road. This project remains on schedule for completion in November. 

Braun Rd

Storm sewer installation for Braun Road project.

I-94 North-South update

Even though temperatures are dropping, crews are still hard at work on 18.5 miles of I-94 in Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee counties.

In the northern segment, the 27th Street interchange is now closed permanently. A new, full-service interchange at Elm Road will replace 27th Street. Travelers can use the newly constructed Ryan Road interchange as a detour route. Read more about 27th Street here.

Motorists can expect overnight freeway closures through November for storm sewer work, sign bridges, barrier wall and roadway operations.

Need some help planning ahead? Use our late fall 2018 Get Around Guide


Bridge work at County KR.

What's Next

Foxconn Continues Hiring Events

Foxconn continues to host hiring events throughout Wisconsin with two upcoming events scheduled for Saturday, October 27 in Eau Claire and Friday, November 2 in Milwaukee.  Foxconn previously held hiring events in Mount Pleasant, Racine, and Green Bay to recruit candidates interested in a wide range of job positions with the company.  Several offers have already been extended to candidates participating in the hiring events.

Milwaukee Supplier Readiness Session

Two Milwaukee Supplier Readiness Sessions will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018. The sessions will help inform and prepare Wisconsin suppliers for the opportunities presented by Foxconn's investment, and will provide attendees with an introduction to the vendor readiness process that the company will follow.  Both sessions in Milwaukee are at maximum capacity and registration is no longer open.  

Foxconn has linked up with the Supply Chain Marketplace to select and source suppliers for their business needs.  Companies throughout the state are encouraged to create a profile on wisupplychainmarketplace.com to be notified of exciting opportunities to become a Foxconn supplier.  

Recently, JUSDA USA, a member of Foxconn Technology Group, issued a Request for Information (RFI) for Foxconn Logistics Needs.

To view the RFI posting go here: RFI - Foxconn Logistics Needs

Pre-Bid Meetings

Wednesday, November 14, 2018: A Pre-Bid Conference and Matchmaking Session will be held for Bid Release 3c - Electrical Substation at the SC Johnson iMET Center, Auditorium room 104, 2320 Renaissance Blvd, Sturtevant, WI 53177.  For more information: Construction Work Bid

Local Monthly Update

The next local monthly update meeting for the Foxconn project will take place on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Brief updates will be provided by the WisDOT, M+W | Gilbane, and the Village of Mount Pleasant to keep the public informed. Update meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall.

Interesting Facts

Major local utility construction for the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park includes:

  • 42 miles of water mains
  • 28 miles of telecom lines
  • 26 miles of gas mains
  • 21 miles of electric lines
  • 18 miles of sewer mains

Bid Opportunities

Village of Mount Pleasant Bid Opportunity for Demolition

The Village of Mount Pleasant announced bidding opportunities for demolition.

Package E - Building Demolition, East Frontage Road and STH 11

Submissions Due: TODAY, October 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406.

Anticipated Contract Award Date: Monday, November 12, 2018

Overview: The Base Bid work for the above contract includes razing and removing all structure(s) out buildings, flatwork, landscaping features, fences, posts, pipe, driveway aprons, fill, filling all basements, crawl spaces and filling excavated areas with approved granular material, landscape restoration, traffic control as needed, and erosion control.

Complete digital project bidding documents (PS & CD) will be available at www.questcdn.com.  You may download the digital plan documents for $20.00 (non-refundable) by inputting Quest project #5971707 on the website's Project Search page.  Please contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information.  An optional paper set of project documents is also available for $40.00 (non-refundable) per set.  Optional paper copies of the project documents may be obtained at the Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant, WI 53403 telephone (262) 664-7400.  Please contact Village Hall, in advance, if you'd like to purchase a paper copy or if you have any questions.

WisDOT Bid Opportunities for Road Work

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced bidding opportunities for road work.

County KR Phase One/Wisconn Valley Way/County KR Intersection Package

Submission Due: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Pre-Bid Meeting: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406.

Anticipated Contract Award Date: The contract award date is dependent on the bids received on November 13.

Overview: This project will expand County KR from the east frontage road to just east of County H from a two-lane, rural roadway to a six-lane, divided urban roadway. Work also includes storm sewer and new traffic signals.

The advertisement and preliminary plans are available online. Contractors should visit http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/contractors/hcci/default.aspx for information and electronic plans.

Bid Release 3a, 3b and 3c for Foxconn Science & Technology Park Industrial Construction Work Phase 1, Area 1

M+W | Gilbane has distributed the following Invitation to Bid

The invitation to bid for Bid Release 3a, 3b and 3c for Foxconn's Industrial Construction Work Phase 1, Area 1 of Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park is available on the Wisconn Valley website.

Bid Release 3a - Site Utilities and Logistics

  • Bid Package 01A - Testing - Site Utilities
  • Bid Package 01B - Construction Materials, Removal & Recycling
  • Bid Package 01C - Temporary Toilets
  • Bid Package 01D - Temporary Electric (Power & Data)
  • Bid Package 01E - Temporary Canteen (Trailer & Operations)
  • Bid Package 01F - Site Security
  • Bid Package 01G - Printing Services
  • Bid Package 01H - Janitorial Services
  • Bid Package 12A - Furniture Relocation and Set Up
  • Bid Package 33A - Sanitary, Water and Electric Bank (interfaces)

Bid Release 3b - Site Roadways and Associated Storm Drainage

  • Bid Package 01I - Testing - Roadways
  • Bid Package 32A - Curb and Gutter Work
  • Bid Package 32B - Asphalt Paving Work
  • Bid Package 33B - Storm Drainage Work 

Bid Release 3c - Electrical Substation

  • Bid Package 01J - Materials Testing for Electrical Substation
  • Bid Package 03A - Concrete Work
  • Bid Package 03B - Precast Concrete Work
  • Bid Package 05A - Structural and Miscellaneous Steel Work
  • Bid Package 06A - Building Enclosure and Interiors Work
  • Bid Package 21A - Fire Protection Work
  • Bid Package 23A - Mechanical and Plumbing Work
  • Bid Package 26A - Electrical Work
  • Bid Package 26B - Long Lead Electrical Equipment
  • Bid Package 32C - Landscaping Work

The M+W | Gilbane non-disclosure agreement (NDA) must be signed and returned to M+W | Gilbane in order to participate in this bid release. The full instructions, along with non-disclosure agreement, are included in the Invitation to Bid link below.

Thank you for your continued interest in this project.

Invitations to Bid

Recent Announcements

Press Releases


Dramatically reduces REC fee to foster increased economic development

Provides additional public safety and transit funding to the City of Racine

Ensures water-related infrastructure costs associated with the Foxconn project are funded through the Company's $10 billion investment in Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT, WIS. – Last night, the Mount Pleasant Village Board voted to provide final approval on the comprehensive intergovernmental agreement developed by the City of Racine, Racine Water Utility, and Village of Mount Pleasant to ensure that infrastructure costs associated with the Foxconn development are funded through the company's $10 billion investment, via Mount Pleasant TID 5, and will not impact other municipalities or Utility ratepayers. The agreement also provides additional funding to the City of Racine to support the City's transit and public safety systems and enables an 85+% reduction in the REC fee to foster increased development throughout the area.

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Governor Walker joins Foxconn and Gateway Technical College for the iMET Center expansion groundbreaking

STURTEVANT – Governor Scott Walker joined Foxconn officials and Gateway Technical College leadership today in Sturtevant at the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the S.C. Johnson Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (iMET) Center. The iMET Center is one of the first flexible manufacturing labs dedicated to training manufacturing workers in the region. Employers throughout the region including Foxconn, Rockwell Automation, and S.C. Johnson have partnered with the college because of new training opportunities.



Funding will help prepare residents and businesses for region's extraordinary job growth

Racine – Today, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen and Racine Mayor Cory Mason were joined by other local and state officials to announce the award of more than $700,000 in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant funding to Racine County-based entities to assist with worker training initiatives in Racine County.

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From the News

Foxconn representatives address Northeast Wisconsin manufacturers during annual expo

October 24, 2018

By Cearron Bagenda, WBAY

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How Wisconsin cities can get smarter faster by upgrading technology

October 23, 2018

By Chelsea Collier, Journal Sentinel

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Royal Capital to redevelop harbor side property in downtown Racine

October 23, 2018

By Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal

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Gateway breaks ground on massive iMet center expansion

October 22, 2018

By James Lawson, Kenosha News

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Taiwan's Foxconn And Wisconsin Farmers Bond Over Ginseng

October 22, 2018


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The future of work and living wide open with 5G

By Nathan Phelps, Green Bay Press-Gazette

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UW students get first impressions of Foxconn at on-campus event 

October 19, 2018

By Erik Lorenzsonn, The Cap Times

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Foxconn makes first Wisconsin hire, looking to hire more

October 18, 2018

By Vince Vitrano, TMJ4

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'It's a big deal': UW-Madison students, staff react to Foxconn recruiting on campus

October 18, 2018

By Channel 3000

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Multiple Racine County workforce training programs to receive $700K in grants

October 18, 2018

By Rex Davenport, Racine County Eye

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Nowak: Foxconn won't impact state budget 

October 17, 2018

By Steve Rundio, Tomah Journal 

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October 17, 2018

By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News

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UW-Parkside class, lecture series discusses smart cities

October 16, 2018

By Evan Casey, The Journal Times 

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Foxconn pressing forward on Mount Pleasant plant project: Slideshow

October 15, 2018

By Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal

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Moving at 'Foxconn speed'; Foxconn hosts hiring event

October 14, 2018

By Ricardo Torres, The Journal Times

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'We're very excited:' Foxconn looks to hire 13,000 positions, including 3,000 veterans

October 13, 2018

By Evan Peterson, Fox 6

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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.