Abandoned Foxconn Facility Taken Over by Food Coloring Company

The building was the technology giant's first at its troubled Wisconsin operations.

A new building that once housed technology giant Foxconn will soon transition to the food industry — and create more than 100 jobs in Southeast Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that natural food coloring maker Oterra reached development deals with local authorities to take over the former Foxconn Opus building in Mount Pleasant.

The facility, built in 2016, was the first building occupied by Foxconn when it began developing a purportedly massive manufacturing campus. The project, originally slated to be a $10 billion investment that would create 13,000 jobs, was eventually scaled down to $672 million and 1,400 jobs by the spring of 2021.

Foxconn departed the Opus building after constructing four other buildings on its Mount Pleasant property.

Oterra CEO Odd Erik Hansen told the paper in a statement that the company expects to begin installing production equipment immediately and begin operations in early 2024.

Denmark-based Oterra also operates a nearby manufacturing site in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. The company makes food coloring for beverages, packaged foods, plant-based products and pet food.

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