iPhone maker Foxconn to expand Pa. factory

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Staff members work on the production line at the Foxconn complex where iPhones and Dell computers are made. The company plans to do some manufacturing in the United States. (AP File Photo)

UPDATE: Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwan-based industrial conglomerate best known for making iPhones for Apple in China (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Group), plans to announce a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to develop improved manufacturing technologies tonight, plus a search for a possible manufacturing site in Pennsylvania, Steve Kratz, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development confirms.

Foxconn already has a small electronics plant -- a former AMP Inc. site -- that employs around 30 workers on the southeast side of Harrisburg. The company will be scouting sites across the state and has not asked for any taxpayer aid, Kratz told me.

Foxconn has promised to consider adding plants in the U.S. Foxconn and Apple were condemned by labor advocates following the suicides of some of its China-based workers in the late 2000s, which labor advocates blamed on forced overtime and barracks-like company housing conditions. The company and Apple have pledged improvements. See also Bloomberg story here.

--Joseph N. DiStefano

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