Foxconn Roundup: Indiana Layoffs & Automation Everywhere

A sensible person would never have listened to a Walker Administration operative in Whitewater tout Foxconn without laughing or looking about for a nearby tomato.  No sensible person would have made that operative a guest speaker at an annual dinner or written about the event without criticism.  (See, about that Greater Whitewater Committee dinner and that Daily Union story, A Sham News Story on Foxconn.)

I’m not a marketing man, but here’s an honest marketing slogan that Whitewater’s development gurus could apply to Foxconn (or any number of their local capital catalyst ideas):


The latest:

Sarah Hauer reports Foxconn subsidiaries in Indiana are laying off workers after report that company is cutting costs:

On the heels of a report that Foxconn Technology Group will cut jobs and corporate costs, two subsidiaries of the company announced plans for layoffs Wednesday at a manufacturing facility in Indiana.

Two Foxconn subsidiaries plan to lay off 155 employees at a facility in Plainfield, Indiana, over the next three months, according to a report from the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Q-Edge Corp. and Foxconn/Hon Hai Logistics California LLC notified Indiana officials of the impending layoffs Wednesday, the weekly newspaper reported.

Mark Sommerhauser reports Foxconn executive: Company will tap ‘local talent’ in Wisconsin but also embrace automation:

Foxconn Technology Group aims to tap “local talent” in Wisconsin’s workforce but also intends to continue embracing automation, a U.S. executive for the company said Wednesday at a business event in Madison.


Speaking Wednesday, Yeung acknowledged Foxconn will continue to view automation as “something we embrace.” The company has drawn attention globally for its aggressive efforts to automate its manufacturing operations to reduce labor costs.

Yeung said much of Foxconn’s interest in artificial intelligence technology is about “how we can make things happen automatically.”

“For those of you who know Foxconn history, automation is part of our DNA,” Yeung said.

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