Advocate Aurora stands by $250M Wisconsin expansion despite Foxconn changes

Advocate Aurora Health will move forward with a new $250 million expansion into southeastern Wisconsin despite reports that Foxconn Technology Group may revise its plans for a plant in the region, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Taiwanese electronics producer Foxconn initially said it would make a $10 billion investment in southeastern Wisconsin and add up to 13,000 jobs in the area. However, the Apple supplier announced Jan. 30 it had adjusted its plans and would consider hiring research and development professionals for the facility, which was anticipated to focus on manufacturing.

Advocate Aurora, formed when Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health merged, will continue its plans in light of the change. Advocate Aurora Chief Business Development Officer Rick Klein told the Chicago Tribune the system is "focused on advancing our plans to expand access to care in communities throughout southeast Wisconsin."

Advocate Aurora unveiled plans to build a hospital, medical office building and two clinics in the region in May 2018, about eight months after Foxconn decided to build its plant in the area.

"Our decision to build and invest here was made independent of any Foxconn pledge but informed by long-term projections of market dynamics and an opportunity to better serve the healthcare needs of this growing region," Mr. Klein told the publication.

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