Second round information sessions announced for Foxconn construction work

From Milwaukee7:

The second round of information sessions for Foxconn construction work will take place at the end of July and early August. These information sessions are a way to connect construction-related businesses and workers in all regions of the state with the tools they need to get connected with the Foxconn project.

Hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Gilbane Building Company, and M+W Group, the meetings will provide an update on the construction schedule over the next 12 months, share a detailed timeline on the next anticipated round of bidding, and explain how the project is being broken down into smaller segments to allow smaller companies opportunities to participate as part of the “Wisconsin First” approach.

Representatives will be on hand from WEDC, Foxconn, Gilbane Building Company, and M+W Group to answer questions about the project and the opportunities available to Wisconsin companies. All businesses are welcome to attend, though the sessions are aimed at companies providing goods and services in construction logistics, roadways, site utilities, foundations, structure, enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, materials, and equipment.

Second Round Information Sessions:

  • Green Bay: July 25, 2018, registration at 1:00 p.m., session 1:30-3:00 p.m., Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 West Mason Street, Green Bay, WI 54303.
  • Eau Claire: July 26, 2018, registration at 1:00 p.m., session 1:30-3:00 p.m., Chippewa Valley Technical College, 4000 Campus Road, Eau Claire, WI 54703.
  • Racine Co. (morning): August 1, 2018, registration at 11:30 a.m., session 12:00-1:30 p.m., Gateway Technical College, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant, WI 53177.
  • Racine Co. (afternoon): August 1, 2018, registration at 2:30 p.m., session 3:00-4:30 p.m., Gateway Technical College, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant, WI 53177.
  • Madison: August 2, 2018, registration at 9:00 a.m., session 9:30-11:00 a.m., MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Drive, Madison, WI 53719.

The information sessions are free, but advanced registration is required.  Registration information is available by clicking the button below.

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To ensure a fair and open process, construction-related companies seeking to bid on work related to the construction phase are asked to complete the following steps to be considered for such opportunities:

  • Register with Gilbane Building Company and M+W Group to receive automatic bid alerts and notifications on upcoming pre-bid and matchmaking sessions. A link to the registration website can be found on the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park website at wisconnvalley.wi.gov.
  • Registration is required to bid on construction projects. Gilbane Building Company and M+W Group ask that all who are interested in bid opportunities follow the process and please refrain from calling.
  • Attend an upcoming informational session. Companies also are urged to sign up for the Wisconn Valley News e-newsletter to get the latest information on project status, road updates and more. Sign up at wisconnvalley.wi.gov/newsletter.
  • Attend a pre-bid/matchmaking session that will outline a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place “Wisconsin First.” Companies that register with Gilbane Building Company and M+W Group will receive notifications on upcoming pre-bid/matchmaking sessions.

Foxconn’s advanced manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant is expected to create up to 13,000 jobs, as well as thousands of construction jobs. Once the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park is fully operational, Foxconn is expected to make $4.26 billion in supplier purchases annually, with roughly one-third being sourced from Wisconsin. The project is expected to have at least a $7 billion annual economic impact on the state and to generate between $116 million and $157 million in state tax revenue annually once fully operational.

Wisconsin is already noticing the ripple effect Foxconn’s “Wisconsin First” approach is creating throughout the state. Foxconn awarded more than 20 contracts for initial site excavation work and an additional eight contracts for construction of a multipurpose building to Wisconsin-based subcontractors for work on the site of the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park.

The “Wisconsin First” approach aims for 60 percent of subcontracting to be executed by Wisconsin-based companies, with 10 percent of that from Racine County-based businesses. This approach also prioritizes veteran-owned, women-owned, minority-owned, and/or disadvantaged business enterprises in the project—estimated to have at least 10 percent of subcontractors in this category.