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iPhone maker Foxconn investing $30M in Harrisburg area facility

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Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., part of Foxconn Technology Group, a global electronics manufacturer that makes Apple Inc.'s iPhone, is planning to invest $40 million in Pennsylvania, including $30 million for a reported site in Dauphin County.

The company has not selected a site for the expansion, Gov. Tom Corbett said today.

Foxconn, based in Taiwan, already has a facility in Swatara Township that employs about 30 people. The local investment would expand its connector and engineering operations.

Bloomberg said the investment is being made in Harrisburg. PCWorld said it was going to be expanding its existing facility.

The governor said the new high-end technology manufacturing facility would create 500 jobs over the next two years. The other $10 million would be spent through a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, focusing on research and education in the fields of robotics and advanced manufacturing.

"They are still evaluating sites,” said Steve Kratz, a spokesman for the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Kratz said DCED knew the company was interested in expanding its North American presence and that the decision to invest in Pennsylvania was a quick one. The parties last met Wednesday. No timetable was given on a decision over sites, Kratz said.

“They made a commitment, but it’s still early in the process,” Kratz said.

Foxconn is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer. It works with Cisco, Dell, Nokia and Sony.

"With our skilled workforce and world-class educational institutions, companies from all over the world are looking to tap into Pennsylvania's innovation and talent," said Corbett. "With operations and more than 1.2 million employees throughout the world, Foxconn selected Pennsylvania to grow its North American presence."

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