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VILLAGE OF PEWAUKEE - Less than a week after announcing it would build a plant in Wisconsin, Foxconn Technology Group hosted a product showcase at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) Monday, July 31.

Open to the public, the company showed off products such as smartboards for classrooms, medical imaging technology and a security robot.

The showcase will be open again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1.

WCTC was excited to be the site for the showcase. 

"It's very exciting for us to have them here after the Trump announcement that we were going to be having potentially a large manufacturer coming to southeastern Wisconsin," said Mike Shiels, WCTC dean of the School of Applied Technologies, "and now to have them here almost a month later displaying all this equipment is just awesome." 

Shiels also said that, in the event Foxconn spurs interest among potential students, there are still spots open for fall classes in electronics, electronics engineering and automation systems technology.

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Business owner perspective

One of those who made a point of dropping by the showcase was Chris Rosecky, principal and president of Central Office Systems in Waukesha. Rosecky said he wanted to stop in and see what it was all about, especially since his office is close to the college. He said he was initially skeptical when he heard that Wisconsin was in the running for the Foxconn plant.

"It was surprise and just very, very pleased and excited that something that significant was landing, coming to Wisconsin, not to mention the U.S.," Rosecky said. 

Rosecky said that the deal is good for the state, and will help his business, as well, by bringing in more companies into the state to do business with, whether they work directly or indirectly with Foxconn. 

"Our employees are here, and we can service and support the companies that feed into businesses like this," Rosecky said.

Gregory Groth, executive chairman and founder of Tax-Air, a freight shipping business south of Milwaukee, saw the potential for his business as well.

He, too, was skeptical as to whether it would happen, but excited when it was announced. 

"Especially with raw materials that they're going to need to do their finished product ... I already heard that there was one vendor. I think it was a glass company that was looking to relocate here so that they could become one of the main suppliers. Nowadays, with the type of manufacturing, the suppliers are usually close by. My company could potentially be involved with doing that transportation to FoxConn," Groth said.

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School impact

WCTC professor Lisa Baker said that the showcase was a chance for her to find topic ideas for the technical reporting class she teaches. Baker teaches students from the school's information technology, automotive and health information technology programs. She said she was also curious about Foxconn and how it would affect the school.

"(My students) write a report looking at problems or issues for future technology to their field," Baker said. "This is outside my area of expertise, but it seems like something that my students would be interested in."

Also in attendance at the showcase was Kathi Boziel and her son, Aaron, who plans to study internet technology at WCTC this fall. The Boziels reside in Racine County, where Foxconn could potentially build. The two  decided to check out the showcase after getting Aaron registered for his fall classes. 

"They're awesome. I work in the medical field, so I'm all about all the medical things, and he likes all the IT things," Kathi Boziel said. 

Aaron Boziel said he was interested in WCTC and other technical colleges in the state because of his interest in computers. He decided to go into WCTC's database specialist program. He said he would consider Foxconn for future employment.

"If it's done by the time I graduate, I would definitely try to apply," Aaron Boziel said.

Kathi Boziel also was excited about Foxconn coming to the state, and thinks Wisconsin got a good deal. 

"You look at some of the breaks that they're going to get, but those little breaks, the tax credits that they're going to get, is what brought them here in the first place.

"The jobs that it's going to bring to Wisconsin, those people are going to turn around, they're going to spend their money, it's going to improve our commerce because restaurants are going to do better. Housing prices are going to go up. More people are going to buy houses. It's just a win-win."

Libby Vaughn, who represents SMART Technologies, a company that creates interactive whiteboards and whose parent company is Foxconn, said she is excited about the opportunities presented by Foxconn.

"We just have an opportunity here that the rest of the world doesn't have," Vaughn said. "I'm most excited for our kids and the opportunities that they're going to have in the future."

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