Friday, February 16, 2018

Add some jobs in Kenosha...and lose more

Headlines posted on the Milwaukee Business Times within 15 minutes of each other today.

The shot.
International Mold and Production will relocate its operations from Grayslake, Illinois to Kenosha and plans to add 25 new jobs in the near future, Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. awarded IMAP $110,000 in tax credits over the next three years to support the job creation….

The company is investing $1.5 million in the facility at 6011 29th Ave. in Kenosha.
And the chaser.
Georgia-based Southwire Co. LLC will close its Pleasant Prairie customer service center and move equipment and inventory to other distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada.

The transition is expected to begin in the summer and should conclude by the end of November….

Southwire has approximately 80 employees at the Pleasant Prairie facility. The company said eligible employees would have “the opportunity to bid on open positions at other Southwire locations” or receive severance packages if they did not want to transfer.
So we’re adding 25 jobs but losing 80? I know some people consider math a liberal plot, but that doesn’t sound good.


  1. Nice work ignoring the 200 Gulfstream jobs in Appleton. I'd expect nothing less from you, you fucking worthless hack sheep. BAAAA, BAAAAAA!!!!

    1. Oh, and nice of you ignore the 137 laid off when Gannett announced this week that they were shutting down their printing facility in Appleton earlier this week, and the 1,000+ that have been laid off in paper mills around Appleton in the last few months.

      BAAAA, indeed. And I only posted your claptrap because I knew you'd be posting that GOP/corporate PR BS. Let's see if those jobs actually happen, or if it's another Kestrel- a pre-election photo op that never happens in real life.

    2. WashCoRepub - When my children were young I would tell them “Profanity makes ignorance audible.”

      Also simple math. 1000 jobs lost + 200 jobs gained = 800 jobs lost. Clearly Appleton WI should be celebrating!

  2. The job growth rank among all states for WI in 2017 appeared to be the same as 2016 at 33rd. The highlights from the article are:
    1. When adjusted for average job growth during the entire year, there was a 1.2 increase in 2017, greater(but not by much) than the 1.1 percent increase in 2016.
    2. The state’s largest job hub, Milwaukee, was relatively flat in job growth in 2017, adding 1,508 jobs for a 0.2 percent increase. That puts the city in 50th for big metro areas with more than 500,000 employed. Green Bay, Oshkosh-Neenah, and Racine also showed minimal growth.
    3. Meanwhile, Eau Claire was the only city in Wisconsin where data was collected that lost jobs in 2017. A loss of 958 jobs resulted in a 1.1 percent decrease in jobs in the western Wisconsin city(Surprising unless one knows the fierce battle MN and WI are waging for workers and companies. Superior has been facing severe workforce shortages over the last few years and is likely struggling to add jobs. La Crosse was lucky to gain 1.4% in it's ongoing battle with Rochester which continues to increase in intensity as both are short of workers. The higher income tax rates faced by WI workers who work in MN might be taking their toll in the form of residents moving across the border. MN pays the difference in taxes paid for residents to work across the border in WI.
    4. The promised 10,000 jobs created by the tech-firm Foxconn outside of Racine would constitute 25 percent of the total jobs that were added in the state in 2017. Meanwhile, the closure of the Kimberly-Clark plant in Neenah and the loss of an estimated 600 jobs would flip the city’s job growth from positive to negative judging by 2017 jobs numbers(remember to add the additional 600 job losses from JC Penney Distribution center just announced and any additional losses from the paper industry that might occur this year and any industries that wisfoxconn takes employees from that are forced to move or close and there could be nearly as many job losses in 2018 as gains).