According to published reports, Foxconn Technology Group will hire 3,000 veterans by the time the company is up and running. The company says it has already begun acting on that commitment.
A Foxconn executive told Biz Times, “I think there is no better management school than the military.”
Among Foxconn’s first round of hires are several veterans, including a Navy pilot, a former Army planner, as well as a Marine who had just retired as commanding officer of a tactical fighter base. He will now be responsible for for the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park, where Foxconn’s manufacturing will take place.
When Foxconn announced it would locate in Wisconsin, it said hiring veterans was part of its plans.
Hiring veterans was part of Foxconn’s original plan. Foxconn will join in an of an agreement with Rockwell Automation Inc., that looks to hire graduates of the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing, a training program started by Milwaukee corporations Rockwell and ManpowerGroup. That program aims to train 1,000 veterans per year by 2020.
Foxconn has already hired 100 employees in Wisconsin. Those workers are divided between its Milwaukee headquarters and an test production facility in Mount Pleasant.