An up-close view of the main entrance to Fii’s smart manufacturing building where data servers will be produced.
VILLAGE OF MOUNT PLEASANT
By Sean Ryan – Reporter, Milwaukee Business Journal
Aug 7, 2020, 3:43pm EDT
Foxconn Technology Group detailed its ongoing operations in Mount Pleasant this week, including its goal to “capture a substantial percentage” of the U.S. data server marketplace.
The Taiwanese technology company is in the midst of completing two large manufacturing centers at its Mount Pleasant campus near Interstate 94. Its efforts to expand in the U.S. data computing market are already underway in the first building completed on the campus.
“Operations are underway at the multipurpose building, an approximately 120,000-square-foot facility where Foxconn engineers and staff are working side by-side with Foxconn enabled technologies such as 5G networks, automation, and industrial artificial intelligence to fulfill current customer demand for data servers and surface mounted technology,” according to a written statement Foxconn issued Thursday.
The company in April reported about 600 total employees as of the end of 2019.
Employee surveys submitted to the state of Wisconsin this year show efforts in the multipurpose building to design and test new data server technology for other customers, for example. Many of the efforts appear geared toward systems to collect and analyze computer data, and to further automate manufacturing operations.
The data servers themselves would be produced in a 296,000-square-foot smart manufacturing center that could be complete and operating later this year. That facility would operate under the umbrella of Foxconn Industrial Internet, or Fii.
“As demand grows for reliable and secure data transmission, Foxconn is positioned to capture a substantial percentage of data server market share in the United States,” the company said this week.
Foxconn is separately building a data server and globe-shaped control center at the Mount Pleasant campus.
“The state-of-the-art facility will attract additional investment from future business partners in need of high-performance computing services,” Foxconn said.
That work is happening on top of Foxconn’s more immediate reactions to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The company is to manufacture Medtronic Plc ventilators after installing and testing a manufacturing cell in Mount Pleasant in two months time. That facility is to make 10,000 ventilators within a year. Foxconn, since April, has assembled more than 1 million face masks in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Thursday statement.
The initial 2017 announcements of Foxconn’s plans for Wisconsin focused on the company’s LCD screens, but over time company officials increasingly emphasized its work in smart manufacturing and other computer technologies.
Foxconn intends to soon take occupancy of the 1 million-square-foot LCD screen facility in Mount Pleasant. It recently secured permits from the village to begin moving production equipment into about 300,000 square feet of that building.