MILWAUKEE — Joy
Global informed the state Wednesday that it will
temporarily close one of its units operating in
Milwaukee, resulting in 109 union employees being
temporarily laid off and four non-union employees being
terminated beginning Nov. 30.
In its letter to the
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Joy
Global said it does not know how long the operating unit
called Original Equipment will be closed or how long the
layoffs will last. In a statement, the company said the
decision was a result of challenging commodities
markets. The layoffs primarily affect people working in
the Milwaukee heavy fabrication and welding department.
“At this time, the
company is unable to estimate when the operating unit
will start up. We assure you that all laid off and
terminated employees will be paid all earned wages and
agreed-upon fringe benefits upon being laid off or
terminated,” according to the letter.
The affected Joy
global union employees are represented by the United
Steelworkers Union and its affiliated Local Union, Local
The temporary idling
will not affect all areas of Milwaukee manufacturing for
Joy Global, including its machinery and motor shops,
distribution center and other departments.
challenging mining market and the lower demand for
products, we have to temporarily adjust some of our
manufacturing operations to account for foreseeable
workloads,” said John Koetz, president of surface mining
for Joy Global, in a statement. “We are doing everything
we can to help our employees manage this news and
prepare for the temporary layoffs to come.”
Joy Global has been
supplying the mining industry for more than 130 years
and is known for providing direct service, as well as
equipment and products for the global mining industry.