Foxconn Partners with Youngstown State for National Electric Vehicle Training Center

Youngstown State University and Taiwan-based Hon Hai Technology Group, better known as Foxconn, have announced plans to partner in the design and establishment of a national training and development center. innovation for the electric vehicle workforce.

Foxconn has a former GM plant in Lordstown, near Youngstown, which it bought of Lordstown Motors in the spring. Foxconn also has contract manufacturing and joint venture agreements with Lordstown Motors. The plan is for the new center to be located in the Lordstown area.

“By leveraging Foxconn’s manufacturing strengths, Foxconn will redefine contract design and manufacturing services in the automotive industry,” said Jerry Hsiao, chief product officer of Foxconn, in a press release. “As our center of gravity for electric vehicle production continues to grow in Ohio, Foxconn is proud to work with university partners like Youngstown State University to meet the demands of the highly skilled workforce of the Ohio. coming.”

The goal will be for the center to have a national reach. The release noted the work Youngstown State completed earlier this year after being tasked by the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct a labor market assessment. The results of the assessment, which focused on the electric vehicle energy storage industry regionally and nationally, suggested that there was a need to create a national workforce hub to accelerate adoption of programs such as apprenticeships and industry credentials, Jennifer Oddo, executive director of Workforce Education and Innovation at the university, said the statement.

“A national hub will help break down barriers and access educational programs, create greater awareness of opportunities, and leverage standardized best practices that can be deployed across any geographic footprint,” Oddo said in the communicated.

The new center will build on the expertise Youngstown State has gained through its YSU Center of Excellence training, which focuses on advanced manufacturing and integrated technologies. In addition to support from Foxconn, the intention is for the center to leverage previous funding from General Motors and Ultium Cells LLC.

Youngstown State and Foxconn plan to create a formal memorandum of understanding and partnership for the center in the coming months.

Milton S. Rodgers