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Tue November 26, 2013
'Taiwanese Tech Giant' Foxconn to Expand in PA
A company known as a “Taiwanese tech giant” is investing in Pennsylvania.
Foxconn, a major supplier of Apple products, plans to spend $30 million in the commonwealth on what it’s calling a new “high end technology manufacturing facility.”
The company, alternately known as Hon Hai, will invest another $10 million into a joint research and development effort with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Steve Kratz, a spokesman with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, said the deal came together after a visit from Foxconn’s CEO last week.
"It’s impressive in the fact that they recognized our educational institutions, specifically Carnegie Mellon, as opportunities for manufacturers and advanced manufacturers to incorporate the technology they’re developing into their manufacturing processes," he said.
Kratz said the company hasn’t yet decided where its new facility will be.
Foxconn already has a small research & development operation in Harrisburg, and the head of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC says central Pennsylvania offers transport advantages over Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Employees at the Harrisburg-based Foxconn facility declined to comment.