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Politics Drive Foxconn's U.S. Manufacturing Aspirations

  • The Midwest makes less business sense as a plant location
  • Trump won Michigan and Wisconsin with narrow electoral margins
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Foxconn Plans $7 Billion U.S. Investment

Foxconn Technology Group’s plan to invest $7 billion in U.S. manufacturing has touched off a scramble among three heartland states. At stake are not only jobs -- but votes as well. 

A month after Donald Trump was elected president, Taiwan-based Foxconn was one of the first companies to announce plans to invest billions to help create jobs. Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio are fighting to secure the factory, according to people familiar with the process. The logic behind those sites has as much to do with political imperatives as it does business.