Johnson Controls to close Milwaukee center, 277 workers to lose jobs

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Nov. 17, 2015

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 operations.

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.”

The services 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.