Foxconn’s Wisconsin Factory Repurposed for Google

January 26, 2021
Foxconn’s Wisconsin Factory Repurposed for Google

Foxconn is planning to use its mostly-idle Wisconsin factory to assemble Google server components.

The Wisconsin factory will be reconfigured with computing and infrastructure capabilities.  Foxconn will start mass production of the Google server components in the first quarter of 2021.

Video Spotlight: Foxconn Plant Championed by Trump Lands Google Server Contract (Nov 23, 2020, Bloomberg QuickTake: Now)

This post is based on The Verge article, Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory reportedly wins Google server manufacturing contract, by Adi Robertson, November 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / DR MANAGER

Discussion Questions:

1. What type of process and product layout is appropriate for Foxconn to make Google server components?

Guidance: Since the production of server components has high volume and low variety, a repetitive process should be selected.  Additionally, there is a fixed sequence to assemble the server components that calls for an assembly line product layout.

2.  What are the factors attributed to Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory location decision?

Guidance: The location factors for Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory is U.S. government subsides, availability of skilled labor in Wisconsin, cultural similarities between Taiwan and the US., and availability of local resources and demand.


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