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Outstate impact: Walker visits Foxconn pipe supplier in Marathon CitySubmitted: 06/22/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Outstate impact: Walker visits Foxconn pipe supplier in Marathon City
MARATHON CITY - A truckload of huge, heavy pieces of concrete piping sat outside County Materials Corporation in Marathon City on Friday afternoon.

They won't be there long.

Soon, it will head for Racine County, one of hundreds of truckloads delivering pipes to the Foxconn site.

Gov. Scott Walker promised luring the electronics company to southeastern Wisconsin would help the entire state. He visited County Materials on Friday. It's one of 27 contractors in the state selected to help with the Phase One build of Foxconn.


"Our goal is to get anyone who wants to be a part of it to be a part of it, not just now, but eventually even in the supply chain," Walker said. "While those permanent jobs that are directly related to Foxconn will be in Racine County, the fact of the matter is this will benefit people all across the state of Wisconsin."

County Materials is making reinforced concrete pipes to serve as storm sewers for Foxconn.

"Everybody knows this is a huge project. To kind of put it in a numbers sense, there's about five and a half miles of concrete pipe on this project," said County Materials President Tim Sonnentag.

The company will also make pipes at its Green Bay and Madison locations to fill demand.

Just a few of the contractors for Phase One come from somewhere other than southeastern Wisconsin. This company is the farthest north. No contractors from the Northwoods or northwestern Wisconsin were selected in this round.

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