Taiwanese production giant Foxconn is expanding its controversial presence in Wisconsin with automated coffee robots. The manufacturer, known for being the best for creating & # 39; the world's most popular electronic devices mainly in its Chinese factories, today announced a partnership with a Texas based company called Briggo, making automated coffee vending machines the size of modest shopping center kiosks, usually for airports and corporate offices. The news was reported by the Milwaukee Business Times.
Foxconn will help the company produce its units at its Wisconsin LCD plant, which does not yet exist – and therefore does not produce LCDs, or any other product – and which Foxconn has previously claimed to use for a variety of production purposes.
The factory has undergone enormous scrutiny over the past two years because it has remained in a constant and chaotic state of Kafkaesque mismanagement. It is the product of what was called a historic contract two years ago that costs the state about $ 4 billion in tax credits, investments in land and infrastructure, and other incentives used to lure the company into the Midwest.
Foxconn is now aiming for a completion date in 2020, with the plant expected to be much smaller and employ fewer Americans than the 20 million square feet and 13,000 jobs originally promised in an agreement signed by Governor Scott Walker in 2017. Back then, President Donald Trump also praised the deal as a victory for domestic production, breaking the president with a literal kick on the factory site and the & # 39; eight wonders of the world & # 39; called.
So far, Foxconn has only succeeded in purchasing a series of empty buildings that it has called "innovation centers" and has narrowed the scope of its factory plans in the state. The company disputed The edgeThe findings with regard to empty innovation centers, although it was about five months ago that the company said to offer corrections in the report.
Apparently, however, automated coffee machines are among the first devices in addition to LCD screens. Foxconn plans to try to produce in the US, with Briggo saying the deal includes a production contract for Foxconn's Mount Pleasant, WI facilities. It is not clear when Briggo will see its automated coffee houses roll off the non-existent assembly lines at Foxconn.