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Foxconn says empty buildings in Wisconsin are not empty

Well, here we are again.

Earlier this week The Verge published a lengthy investigation of the many "innovation centers" Foxconn has announced in Wisconsin as part of its agreement with President Trump to build an (unknown) LCD manufacturing plant in the state. After spending 10 days on the ground, we simply reported the obvious: most 'innovation centers' are empty, some buildings have never really been purchased, and no one in Wisconsin really seems to know what's going on.

Today Foxconn responded to this by announcing … another Wisconsin Innovation Center, Madison, the state capital. The building, which currently houses a bank, is located directly across from the Capitol Building. It will continue to house the bank as Foxconn did not announce when it would move in.

Here are some other things Foxconn has done not announce: how much it paid for the building, how many floors of the building it would occupy, how many people would work there, or what these people would do. However, stated that it would rename the building "Foxconn Place Madison".

Anyway, here's the great quote from Alan Yeung of Foxconn in Wisconsin State Journal about the deal:

Yeung assured Monona Terrace attendees that the Madison Building will not be empty and causes nervous laughter from the crowd.

The announcement came days after a message published by The Verge raises questions about the progress of other "innovation centers" scattered throughout the state, noting that some centers were down or contracts had been closed.

Yeung said the article has "a lot of inaccuracies", the buildings are not empty and the company would soon make a correction, discouraging people, such as reporters, from "climbing trees" to over-occupying the buildings

"We have a plan and we will actually make sure the building is adequate and well equipped before we move in people," he said.

First of all, no one climbed trees to cross Foxconn's innovation centers Our reporter, Josh Dzieza, just looked in the window and saw the following:

  An empty Foxconn Innovation Center

Photo by Joshua Dzieza / The Verge

If this photo is inaccurate and the building is actually not empty, Foxconn had ample opportunity to tell us because we had repeatedly asked for a comment and Foxconn refused, and Foxconn also refused to let us have an interview So if Foxconn wants to tell us what those inaccuracies are, they have our contact information and we're ready to listen.

More importantly, Foxconn steadfastly refuses to tell anyone in the world what it promises: "AI 8K + 5G ecosystem" is what would generally be good to know, since the state of Wisconsin already has hundreds of millions of taxpayers' money Infrastructure, has thrown people out of their homes, and provided for tax relief of up to $ 4.5 billion on construction. So you know, anytime.

Foxconn did not respond to a request for a comment.

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