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Microsoft enters deal to by $50 million Foxconn parcel in Wisconsin

By: Associated Press//April 19, 2023//

Microsoft enters deal to by $50 million Foxconn parcel in Wisconsin

By: Associated Press//April 19, 2023//

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Microsoft will buy a $50 million, 315-acre parcel in Mount Pleasant in order to build a $1 billion data center. (Mike Di Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Microsoft has agreed to buy a $50 million parcel of land in southeastern Wisconsin meant for Foxconn after the world’s largest electronics manufacturer failed to fulfill grandiose promises to build a massive facility that would employ thousands of workers.

Microsoft plans to build a $1 billion data center on the 315-acre parcel in Mount Pleasant, a village of about 27,000 people in Racine County about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Milwaukee. It’s unclear how many people the center might employ; Microsoft officials had no immediate comment when reached via email Wednesday.

The village already is home to a Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing facility. The Taiwan-based company is best known for making Apple iPhones. The company announced plans in 2017 to build a $10 billion facility in Mount Pleasant that would employ 13,000 people.

Wisconsin’s governor at the time, Republican Scott Walker, and then-President Donald Trump praised the decision, with Trump boasting the plant would be the “eighth wonder of the world.”

The state agreed to provide the company with nearly $3 billion in tax breaks. The company never delivered on its promises and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers scaled back the tax breaks to $80 million contingent on the number of jobs created and investments. The company qualified for just $8.6 million in tax credits last year after creating 768 eligible jobs and making a $77.4 million capital investment by the end of 2021.

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