M+W Gilbane JV selected by Foxconn to build $10B plant

ConDig (21-Mar-18). Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturing company Foxconn Technology Group has selected joint venture vehicle M+W Gilbane to build its $10 billion manufacturing plant in Racine County, Wisconsin.

M+W Gilbane, which is a joint venture between Gilbane Building Co in Milwaukee and M+W Group, will act as the construction manager and oversee the project’s budget and bid development.

It comes as Foxconn plans to build liquid crystal display panels at the complex in Mount Pleasant, located between Chicago and Milwaukee.

Work on hiring construction workers for phase one is expected to begin within 60 days.

CH2M Companies has also been appointed to provide engineering and architecture services, including planning and environmental permitting. CH2M became a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, which provides construction services for electronics projects in the flat panel display and microelectronic sectors, last December.

The Sigma Group has also been selected to provide environmental consulting and engineering services as they relate to permitting, planning and site design.

“Each company has a track record of excellence and a commitment to quality that will help us take advantage of the talented and hard-working workforce in Wisconsin,” Louis Woo, a Foxconn executive, said.

The manufacturing center could eventually employ as many as 13,000 people.

Meanwhile, local reports suggest that a local environmental group has raised concerns over a potentially harmful compound from the plant.

It comes as The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has made a preliminary ruling that air pollution permits for the Foxconn factory should be approved.

A public hearing on the Foxconn air pollution permit has been set for Tuesday, April 3 in Sturtevant.