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Foxconn may import workers for US plant: report

Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony in June for a new Foxconn factory complex in Wisconsin
Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony in June for a new Foxconn factory complex in Wisconsin GETTY/AFP/File
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New York (AFP)

Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn is struggling to find enough skilled workers for its planned facility in Wisconsin and may bring in personnel from China, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The report said Foxconn, which makes devices and components for Apple and other tech firms, is facing a tight labor market for the manufacturing plant, which is getting some $3 billion in incentives from the midwestern state.

The company has pledged to hire 13,000 workers at the southern Wisconsin site, but some reports say the total may be lower as Foxconn scales back its initial plans.

The groundbreaking for the plant was attended in June by US President Donald Trump, who claimed credit for the decision by the company to locate the plant in the United States.

Republican Governor Scott Walker, seeking re-election in Wisconsin, is touting the Foxconn deal as an achievement but his critics claim the state will end up losing as a result of the large subsidies.

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