Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology – aka Hon Hai Precision Industry Company – has broken ground on a US$10 billion facility in Wisconsin, bringing the manufacture of critical liquid crystal displays to an ex-Asia location for the first time.

With the advent of the 20-million-sq.-ft. plant, Wisconsin, known as “America’s Dairyland,” will become a key center for the LCDs gracing the flight decks of modern commercial, business and military aircraft.

The facility is being built in Racine County, between Milwaukee and Chicago. President Trump took part in the June 28 groundbreaking.

The project will support 13,000 fulltime workers with “good-paying, family-supporting jobs,” says the office of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, which cites Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce estimates that the project will add $51 billion to the state’s gross domestic product over the next 15 years.

“This is the single largest economic development project in the history of the state of Wisconsin and one of the larger in this country,” Walker said. “This project will put our people to work.

"By building a factory in Wisconsin, Foxconn will be well-positioned to make a play for business in the U.S. aerospace segment,” said C. Zachary Hofer, senior aerospace and defense electronics analyst at Forecast International. “A U.S.-based factory will allow the company to bypass much of the interference being caused by President Trump's trade war, which has been especially impactful on electronics manufacturers.”

Hofer added: “Similarly, from airframe to avionics, countries have historically placed trade barriers to protect their native aerospace industry, and with the U.S. being potentially the most lucrative marketplace for MRO and customization activities, Foxconn will have insulated itself from any of the difficulties that economic politics might place on it."

Not everyone in the state is pleased about the project. Attracting Foxconn cost Wisconsin taxpayers over $4 billion in subsidies and income tax credits, according to local media reports. But as of now, the yeas appear to be outweighing the nays.

In a related development, Foxconn said it would purchase a building in Green Bay that would provide some 200 jobs to support Wisconsin’s manufacturing efforts.