The company at the time left open the possibility for a Generation 10.5 facility, but said the final decision would depend on market and economic conditions.
Local officials on Friday said they expected Foxconn to begin work on the manufacturing facility in the next 18 months. The statement did not reiterate its commitment to create 13,000 jobs as it did on Wednesday.
Wisconsin state and local governments promised roughly $4 billion to Foxconn, the richest incentive package in state history and the biggest pledged by a state to a foreign corporation in USA history.
Some in the state have blamed Evers for the alleged shifting of Foxconn's plan.
Foxconn will proceed with its construction of a self-driving vehicle facility and a sixth generation LCD fab plant in Wisconsin after discussions with United States President Donald Trump about the project, the company's chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) said Saturday. State leaders offered almost $4 billion in tax incentives to help seal the deal.
FILE - President Donald Trump, center, along with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou participate in a groundbreaking event for the Foxconn facility in Mt.
"This news is devastating for the taxpayers of Wisconsin", said Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, a Democrat.
Media reports earlier this week quoted Louis Woo, an assistant to Gou, suggesting the company might scrap the flat screen factory in favour of hiring more high-skilled engineers for research and development - a move that would lead to far fewer blue-collar jobs and run counter to Trump's promises.
Speaking to thousands of Foxconn employees at a Chinese New Year carnival in Taipei on Saturday, Gou said investing in the United States "is undoubtedly a right decision and fits with future economic trends". Not since President Ronald Reagan in 1984 had a Republican carried Wisconsin in a presidential election, and a big part of Trump's Rust Belt strategy - which also brought unexpected wins in Pennsylvania and MI - was a heavy emphasis on bringing blue-collar manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Trump attends and calls the plant "the eighth wonder of the world".
At a Foxconn company party, Gou confirmed that he spoke with Trump on Friday, and that the president wanted him to hire veterans and bring talent from US coastal areas to the Midwest.
The company's statement on Friday did not say how its renewed commitment to a factory would impact the type of workers employed on the Wisconsin campus. It's why Apple has partnered with Foxconn to build iPhones in China.
But both Foxconn and Mark Hogan, head of the state's economic development agency under Walker and Evers, disputed the GOP claims on Thursday.
It's too early to tell what will unfold in Wisconsin, Dorfman said.