June 27, 2018
Owners and employees from six of eight companies chosen by Foxconn to construct a $14 million building at its future Racine County manufacturing plant contributed nearly $180,000 to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaigns.
Foxconn announced the winning bids on Tuesday. The project is a 120,000-square-foot multi-purpose building that will be used as office space for the construction companies chosen to build the company’s $10 billion liquid-crystal display manufacturing plant. The building will later be used for research and development activities.
The Walker administration awarded Foxconn about $4.5 billion in state and local tax breaks, grants, worker training, highway improvements, and other giveaways to locate the plant in Wisconsin.
The companies and their employee contributions between January 2010 and December 2017 to the governor are:
Pieper Electric, of New Berlin, about $128,330
Spancrete, Inc., of Waukesha, $33,410
Boldt Co., of Appleton, $16,250
Total Mechanical, of Pewaukee, $700
Otis Elevator Co., of Milwaukee, $400
Superior Masonry Builders, of Butler, about $310
The top individual contributors from these companies to Walker were:
Richard Pieper, of Mequon, board chairman of Pieper Electric, $127,760
John Nagy, of Hartland, a Spancrete sales executive, and his wife, Carol, $17,500
Thomas Boldt, of Appleton, owner of Boldt Co., $9,250