Hoffman Construction Co. of Black River Falls is one of 28 subcontractors chosen for site development of a the Foxconn electronics plant in southeastern Wisconsin.
The contract award was announced Monday by M+W Gilbane, a joint venture of two firms handling construction management for the $5 billion project. Gov. Scott Walker made a stop in Black River Falls Monday to make his own announcement.
Previously awarded a $12.7 million contract from the state Department of Transportation to build a new frontage road along Interstate 94 to handle traffic at the campus, Hoffman will handle excavation, stormwater management and erosion control, while preparing the 1,000-acre site for a 20-million square-foot factory.
The 91-year-old family business is the only western Wisconsin subcontractor chosen for the first round of work.
The value of the Hoffman contract was not disclosed, but the project managers say the first round of contracts are worth a total of about $100 million.
A Foxconn spokesman said Hoffman had about 30 pieces of equipment on site and would begin moving dirt Monday. They are planning to have 200 pieces of equipment at the site by the end of May, and excavation work will continue through 2019.
The state Legislature last year approved about $3 billion in tax breaks to lure the Taiwanese manufacturer, although the total cost to taxpayers is expected to be closer to $4.5 billion, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
As part of the deal, Foxconn committed to awarding 60 percent of its construction contracts to Wisconsin-based businesses, and 10 percent to those owned by women, people of color and veterans, though Ware said there is no financial incentive to hitting those targets.
The left-wing organization One Wisconsin Now claimed Monday that owners and families behind four of the 28 companies awarded Foxconn contracts have given at least $359,000 to Walker’s campaign.
Hoffman Construction owner James Hoffman and four employees have donated $9,459 to Walker’s campaign since 2010, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Hoffman was openly critical of Walker and Republican lawmakers in 2015 over right-to-work legislation.
Note: This story has been updated to correct the amount of campaign contributions from Hoffman Construction owners and employees.