Cuts the latest in string of local manufacturing layoffs

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Terex Corporation has announced it will shutter a portion of its Waukesha-area utilities facility, N4 W22610 Bluemound Road, and layoff 92 employees as a result.

The state Department of Workforce Development issued a news release about the layoffs the same day as Nov. 10 announcement. All 92 positions will be eliminated by mid-February, according to the release.

Joe Caywood, Terex's director of marketing, said in an email that "it is important for our customers to know we will continue to serve and support them in the same aftermarket parts and service capacity."

He said the company will be consolidating its final installations, which are currently performed at the Bluemound facility, to its plant in Watertown, South Dakota.

"This consolidation will occur to make more efficient use of our manufacturing footprint in Watertown," he said.

Consolidated reasoning

A letter from the company said the closure was due to "excess production capacity."

"Terex has reviewed its manufacturing footprint and production capacity and has determined that excess production capacity exists and will therefore consolidate its final-stage installation production into its South Dakota factory," the letter said.

The South Dakota factory already performs the same final-stage installation as the Waukesha facility, the letter continued, and the Waukesha plant will cease production once the consolidation is complete.

But there will still be 35 employees at the Waukesha plant, the company said.

According to the DWD, 59 positions will be cut by early January and the rest by no later than Feb. 17.

The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Area Rapid Response Team will offer services to the affected business and workers, the DWD said.

Previous job cuts

This is not the first time in recent history that a local manufacturing plant has closed or downsized.

News of the layoffs comes a few months after Husco International announced it would eliminate 100 jobs and scale back production at its Waukesha headquarters at 2239 Pewaukee Road. Those cuts were also expected to occur in phases and conclude by Jan. 31, 2017.

A little more than a year ago, General Electric announced it would cease engine production at its Waukesha power and water facility, 1101 W. St. Paul Ave., wiping out 350 jobs.

GE officials at the time said the closure was due to the inability of Congress to pass the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

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