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David Novak, 72, who has lived in the same home with his wife, Theresa, 71, in a tiny subdivision inMount Pleasant, Wis., for10 years, talks Nov. 13, 2017, about being forced to move before construction of Foxconn’s new 20 million square foot manufacturing plant. The facility for Foxconn, a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer, will be built on land in Mount Pleasant that includes the couple’s property. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

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Across the highway in Mount Pleasant, Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn and the state of Wisconsin are getting ready for growing season, too, with plans to break ground on a state of the art liquid crystal display manufacturing plant big enough to hold 11 Lambeau Fields or roughly five Merchandise Marts on 1,200 acres that today are mostly farmland, bounded by sleepy two lane roads.

Wisconsin officials have committed to spending up to $3 billion to lure the project backers say could transform the area’s economy.

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Plans for a Wisconsin Foxconn factory were announced in July. In October, the company announced it was headed to Mount Pleasant, a village of 26,400 people about 60 miles north of Chicago. Earlier this month, Wisconsin Gov. history.

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Before pitching the site to Foxconn, local officials negotiated land sales with some larger property owners. But some residents, like the Klinkhammers, said they found out after the site was announced that their homes were part of the Foxconn parcel and are waiting to hear how the village will acquire and compensate them for the land.

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“Not everybody’s a fan of change,” said Jenny Trick, executive director of the Racine County Economic Development Corp. “But the change is so impactful, that’s why it’s all hands on cheap canada goose uk deck.”

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If Foxconn does hit its benchmarks, it will invest at least $9 billion in the facility. It must employ at least 260 workers by 2018 and 3,640 by 2021, 7,800 by 2024 and 10,400 by 2027 to get any job related tax incentives,. It would need to eventually hit 13,000 to earn the maximum payout. Census Bureau data.

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Then there’s the issue of finding 13,000 employees for an area where ‘help wanted’ signs already hang.

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