Trump’s Much-Hyped Foxconn Deal May End Up Subsidizing Chinese Workers

"President Donald J. Trump and the Office of American Innovation welcomed Foxconn to the White House for a technology manufacturing initiative announcement in the East Room." (The White House)July 26, 2017.Public Domain

Foxconn is looking to bring in Chinese engineers to round out its staff in Wisconsin as U.S. workers are hard to find.

A tech plant in Wisconsin that President Donald Trump billed as proof that American manufacturing is on the rebound under his leadership is trying to persuade Chinese workers to join its team, due to a shortage of U.S. workers, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.

Via RawStory:

> Foxconn Technology is a key supplier to Apple, and is opening a large new plant in the Midwest. The plant has been heavily subsidized with $3 billion in American tax dollars, potentially up to one million dollars per job.

However, the market for qualified American employees is tight, so the company is hoping to bring in Chinese engineers via internal transfers.

> “It’s very difficult to find skilled labor in our market,” said a staffing agency near the plant. “All the technical schools and local universities are gearing up their programs, but I still think Foxconn is going to fall short in terms of finding the people they need.”

Apparently, Foxconn’s attempt to round out staffing with Chinese employees is proving difficult as well: not many want to move to Wisconsin, RawStory noted.

> “One engineer who declined to give his name said he wouldn’t want to move to a place he worried could be as cold as Harbin, a northern Chinese city known as ‘Ice City,’” reports the Wall Street Journal.