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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Foxconn could begin site search this month

Written by Mary Wilson | Jan 2, 2014 4:58 AM

The Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn may soon be making good on plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in the commonwealth. 

The Corbett administration expects to spend January helping Foxconn pick a spot for a new manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania.

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Photo by Wikicommons user Steve Jurvetson

"We anticipate that come January they’ll begin an aggressive site search within Pennsylvania. We expect to receive some site specifications from them that we can aid with them as far as location and logistics nearby the facility. I would imagine they’ll look for something that’s close to being pad-ready, move-in-ready, which we have an abundance of sites like that in Pennsylvania."

Steve Kratz, spokesman for the Department of Community and Economic Development, says the November announcement of the company’s plans to expand in Pennsylvania came as a surprise, but it makes some sense given the reputation of Foxconn’s CEO, Terry Gou.

"He tends to be an impulsive CEO as in makes decisions quickly and really it’s paid off for him, I mean it’s the largest electronics manufacturer in the world."

Foxconn announced in November it will invest $30 million in Pennsylvania for a new manufacturing facility.

The electronics supplier also plans to spend $10 million in a two-year manufacturing research partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.

Foxconn is a major supplier for Apple, as well as Dell, Nokia, and Sony.

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