LORDSTOWN, Ohio – In this edition, The Business Journal begins the first installment of a multi-part series on Foxconn Ohio and its goal to transform the former General Motors complex in Lordstown from a traditional automotive manufacturing plant to a model for electric-vehicle production.
The Business Journal was afforded access to the plant in early October, when we interviewed many of those integral to the Ohio operations of this global company.
The series will touch upon how the business culture of Taiwan-based Foxconn has established itself throughout the plant and in the Mahoning Valley. It will also examine plant operations, where the company stands regarding the prospect of luring new business, and how Foxconn goes about vetting companies that seek partnerships with the electronics giant.
Our first stories in the series focus on a Day in the Life of Foxconn, when executives, floor supervisors and fitness trainers – even culinary specialists – relate their experiences working at the plant. Foxconn acquired the 6.2 million-square-foot plant in Lordstown from Lordstown Motors Corp. in May 2022. Several Foxconn managers and employees have roots in the auto industry and the Lordstown plant before GM shut it down in 2019.
The series also will examine the internal workings at Foxconn, from processes to the prospects for new business development. Stories will highlight the electric-vehicle market in general, and how Foxconn – the largest contract manufacturer of electronics in the world – hopes to shape this market with new technology and innovation.
The series was produced by Dan O’Brien, managing editor, and Michael Moliterno, chief operating officer. All stories and video segments will be posted at BusinessJournalDaily.com and distributed on our daily newsletters.
Pictured at top: The scene inside the Foxconn plant in Lordstown.