WBAY: The largest employer in Two Rivers notified union leaders of plans to close one of its manufacturing plants there. Action 2 News has learned Thermo Fisher Scientific sent notices to local unions telling them it will cease operations at the Columbus Street plant by December 31st.This announcement came today as well, jsonline:
The city manager says this closure means 110 to 120 production workers who make Hamilton metal cabinetry and fume hoods will lose their jobs.
The union representative showed us the letter he received from the company. He said he knew the closure of the Columbus Street plant was coming, because the company has had a steel plant in Reynosa, Mexico, since 2004 and will save money by having work done there instead of Two Rivers. Still, receiving an official letter hit a nerve. "Thermo Fisher should be ashamed of yourself," Carpenters Industrial Council representative Greg Coenen Sr. said. "It's like every big corporation. They're running away from good quality workers for cheap labor in Mexico."
C&D Technologies Inc. is evaluating whether to move some or all of its Milwaukee production to Mexico, the company said Wednesday.
The company, which operates in a former Johnson Controls battery factory in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, said it is facing price pressure and a tough economy, and that production costs in Milwaukee are too high.
And of course this was devastating news for Frontier Airline employees:
Frontier Airlines Inc. will cut 213 jobs at Mitchell International Airport in November, the parent company of Frontier has told state officials.