MILWAUKEE — Johnson
Controls Inc. notified the Wisconsin Department of
Workforce Development on Monday that it will close the
Milwaukee Business Center and lay off its 277 employees
because the company plans to consolidate some
The layoffs will
begin Jan. 26 and last until approximately June 30,
according to the announcement.
In a statement
Monday from Fraser Engerman, director of Global Media
Relations for Johnson Controls, the closing of the
facility at 5055 N. Lydell Ave. is tied to the company’s
plan to consolidate its Global Business Services
organization from four to three locations.
Engerman also wrote
that the decision was made to “improve (Johnson
Controls’) processes and reduce its annual operating
expenses through standardization and simplification
across the company.”
provided by the Milwaukee office will be absorbed at the
other Global Business Centers and within other
departments in the company, he said.
“This decision is
part of a previously announced comprehensive
cost-savings program. Johnson Controls appreciates the
commitment and dedication of employees affected by this
decision and will work with them to find new
employment,” Engerman said in the email.
The Milwaukee Area
Workforce Investment Board will provide Rapid response
services to the affected workers.