Sorry… We’re Closed: Since Walker Sworn-In, 19 Plant Closings and Mass Layoffs Have Cost Wisconsin 2,207 in Lost Jobs

-Originally posted by Jud Lounsbury  on Uppity Wisconsin

March 23, 2011- According to Wisconsin law, businesses employing 50 or more persons in the State of Wisconsin must provide written notice 60 days before implementing a "business (plant) closing" or "mass layoff" in the state.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, 19 companies have given notice of plant closings or mass layoffs to 2,207 workers since Walker was sworn-in on January 3, 2011: 

1/5/11 Kmart Store #7100 Sheboygan Retail department store; New Closing: 62 employees
1/11/11 Patrick Cudahy Inc.; Layoff: 388 employees
1/13/11 US Bancorp Milw. Comm. Banking; New Layoff: 64 employees
1/13/11 NewPage Corporation Whiting Paper Mills, Closing: 366 employees
1/14/11 Robin Manufacturing USA Inc. Hudson Other Engine Equip Mfg; New Closing 29 employees
1/14/11 Unified Solutions, Inc. Pleasant Prairie Packaging & Labeling
Services 561910 New Layoff: 228 employees
1/24/11 Federal-Mogul Corporation Schofield Piston ring mfg; Closing: 183 employees
1/27/11 Wisconsin Food Gift Company, LLC; New Closing: 102 employees
1/27/11 Quillin's Village La Crosse Supermarkets & Other Grocery Stores; New Closing 99 employees
1/31/11 Aerial Company, Inc. Marinette Service Estab Equip Merch Whls; Layoffs: 77 employees
1/31/11 Everbrite LLC La Crosse Sign Mfg; 339950 Closing: 9 employees
1/31/11 Ruan Logistics Corporation Eau Claire General Freight Trucking Long Distance; New Closing: 63 employees
2/16/11 Portage Daily Register Div. -Madison Newspapers Inc. Portage Newspaper; New Layoff: 33 employees
2/25/11 Zalk Josephs Fabricators LLC Stoughton Fabricated Structural Metal Mfg; New Layoff: 20 employees
3/3/11 West Asset Management Wausau Collection Agencies New Layoff; 163 employees
3/3/11 Ultra Mart Foods LLC, dba Pick n' Save Food Store West Bend Supermarkets & Other Grocery Stores; New Closing: 96 employees
3/10/11 JCPenney – Asset Recovery Center Milwaukee Mail Order Houses; New Closing: 52 employees
3/14/11 CSM Bakery Products NA Oak Creek Commercial Bakery; New Closing: 100 employees
3/17/11 Nice-Pak Products, Inc Green Bay Sanitary Paper Product Mfg; New Closing: 68 employees

This list does not include businesses such as train-maker, Talgo, and wind farm developer, Invenergy, who both have recently announced plans to pull out hundreds of jobs out of Wisconsin because of Scott Walker's policies.

Meanwhile, Walker has taken a victory lap for "creating jobs" by paying an Illinois company $1.25 million to move their address a few miles north to Wisconsin. As discussed earlier, this doesn't create jobs or tax revenue: All the Illinois employees will just have a slightly longer commute to work and because of Illinois-Wisconsin tax reciprocity agreements, will continue to pay taxes to Illinois.

Just as reminder, Scotty… you said you would create 250,000 jobs… not lose 250,000 jobs.

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