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About 100 homeowners — including many families — sold their homes near the Foxconn flat-screen manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

Using legal means, the village of Mount Pleasant paid over $152 million to acquire 132 properties near the planned facility, in addition to $7.9 million in relocation costs, according to records from July 2017.

In 2019, the last family living within the Foxconn site relocated after agreeing to a settlement with the village and moved their house to a nearby location, in contrast to the dozens of other houses that were demolished.

The Foxconn project has faced local opposition for the acquisition and demolition in the community, as well as for the granting of water rights and subsidies funded by taxpayers to a foreign company.

The project was originally pitched as a $10 billion high-tech manufacturing campus employing 13,000 workers, but nothing anywhere near that scale has materialized.

This Fact Brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.


Wisconsin Watch: Property owners near Foxconn say they were misled. Now their homes are gone.

TMJ4 News: Last family living within Foxconn site moving out, with their home

CNBC: Foxconn mostly abandons $10 billion Wisconsin project touted by Trump

Washington Post: Trump promised this Wisconsin town a manufacturing boom. It never arrived.

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.