Nothing has ever been simple about Foxconn Technology Group's plans in the U.S.
First there was the competition to be the home of a massive Foxconn plant, eventually won by the state of Wisconsin. But that was followed by blowback when it became clear that the state's incentive package to the Taiwanese electronics company would cost the state more than $4 billion — or $172,000 per job for each of the promised 13,000 jobs.
Anything involving a project the size of Foxconn would have ripples throughout the manufacturing community. Not only was the company expecting to source more than $4 billion for its supply chain locally, as PN's Audrey LaForest wrote in 2018, its expected workforce of more than 13,000 could complicate hiring for smaller companies in the region.
But things have only gotten more complex since a 2018 groundbreaking, attended by President Donald Trump.
The website The Verge has a lengthy story on what has been going on since then, including back-and-forth discussions that it says has left many state officials uncertain what, exactly, Foxconn plans to do there, and whether that incentive package still even applies.