WEDC: Mark Maley, 608.210.6706
Prosperity Southwest: Ron Brisbois, 608.822.3501
Companies invited to informational session in Platteville
on how to bid for work during Foxconn construction
Representatives from construction management firm and WEDC to provide updates on opportunities available to businesses throughout the state
April 2, 2018 — Construction-related companies in southwestern Wisconsin that want to learn more about becoming a vendor, subcontractor, supplier or professional service provider during the construction phase of the Foxconn project are invited to an informational session in Platteville on April 4.
Hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Prosperity Southwest, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and M+W|Gilbane, the professional construction manager on the project, the meeting will take place at UW-Platteville’s Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery, which is located inside Ullsvik Hall at the corner of Hickory and Main streets. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the informational session will run from noon to 2:30 p.m.
The session is free but advance registration is required. To register, visit bit.ly/PlattevilleFoxconn.
The meeting is designed to assist construction-related companies in understanding the nature of the project and the procurement process for work related to construction of Foxconn’s $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus in Racine County.
At the meeting, construction-related businesses will receive information regarding the process for submitting bid proposals, standard terms and conditions related to the project, basic construction information, and a preliminary construction schedule for Phase One of Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. Representatives from WEDC and M+W|Gilbane will be on hand to answer questions about the Foxconn project and the opportunities available to Wisconsin companies.
“Foxconn is a transformational project that will have a positive economic impact on every part of the state, including southwestern Wisconsin,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “I encourage businesses throughout the region to attend this meeting and learn more about the many opportunities that will exist during the construction phase.”
“Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin is proud to assist with the Foxconn project, and to aid and inform our regional contractors on the opportunities that abound from this project,” said Ron Brisbois, president of Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin. “We will work with our area partners to educate our businesses and residents on this project as it proceeds forward here in Wisconsin.”
“When looking at the potential linkage to Foxconn’s supply chain, local and regional businesses have an opportunity to be a direct and/or indirect vendor to the multinational electronics manufacturing company,” added Eric Fleming, corporate relations director at UW-Platteville. “These vendor to vendor connections will extend major economic and workforce opportunities to the entire state and region. My hope is that our local and regional businesses take the time to attend this important meeting.”
To ensure a fair and open process, construction-related companies seeking to bid on work related to the construction phase are asked to complete the following steps to be considered for such opportunities:
• Register with M+W|Gilbane to receive automatic bid alerts and notifications on upcoming pre-bid/matchmaking sessions. A link to the registration website can be found on the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park website at wisconnvalley.wi.gov. Registration is required to bid on construction projects.
• Attend one of the 12 informational sessions being held throughout the state. Companies also are urged to sign up for the Wisconn Valley News e-newsletter to get the latest information on project status, road updates and more. Sign up at wisconnvalley.wi.gov/newsletter.
• Attend a pre-bid/matchmaking session that will outline a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place “Wisconsin First” while building significant capacity in both workforce and businesses. Companies that register with M+W|Gilbane will receive notifications on upcoming pre-bid/matchmaking sessions.
The informational meeting in Grant County is one of 12 that will be held statewide in the coming weeks as construction is about to get underway for the campus that will be at least 1,000 acres. Foxconn is expected to spend more than $5 billion during the four-year construction period, and the project will create about 10,000 direct construction jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs annually during construction.
The campus will also serve as a science and technology park to promote research and development in advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence, Big Data, the Internet of Things and robotics.
Work on the project is expected to begin in 60 days and will include site work, material procurement and temporary logistics preparation.