Eaton Corp. is expanding its
Badger Drive manufacturing plant and upgrading its
WAUKESHA - Eaton Corp. is making a $54 million
investment in its Waukesha-based Cooper Power Systems
business, which is expected to create as many as 200 new
jobs during the next two years.
involves expanding one plant and renovating two others, helping
the power management company meet growing demand for its
utility, commercial and industrial power distribution products.
is great for Wisconsin and its energy component, said Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker in a statement.
not only solidifies Eaton’s commitment to Wisconsin, but also is
an indication that the company is continuing to look toward the
future,” he said.
Ireland-based Eaton is expanding its Badger Drive manufacturing
plant and upgrading technology at its Badger Drive, North Street
and Lincoln Avenue Power Systems plants in Waukesha. Work on the
expansion and upgrades began in January and are expected to wrap
up in mid-2016.
Drive facility expansion includes converting a warehouse and
expanding the fabrication center to add capacity for Eaton’s
transformer and regulator business. New technology solutions,
including robotic welding, will help expedite manufacturing,
said Mark Horner, Eaton’s senior manager of global
the project will support increased core and coil manufacturing
at Eaton’s North Street facility. The factories produce
electrical equipment, including transformers and voltage
regulators for the distribution of electrical power.
Economic Development Corp. is providing up to $1.36 million in
tax credits for the project.
“Eaton is an
outstanding business not just in Waukesha but throughout
Wisconsin,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the
state’s economic development agency.
created will help boost Waukesha County’s economy, said Mark
Maley, WEDC’s public information manager.
“Any time you
can add 200 jobs to the local economy, it’s a shot in the arm
not just for the city of Waukesha, but for the entire county,”
Maley said. “
acquired Cooper Industries in November 2012, expects new
positions to be added in early March. The company expects to
fill a broad range of positions, including manufacturing,
engineering and supervisory roles.
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Eaton is also collaborating with Waukesha County Technical
College and the state to provide regional training programs
through apprenticeships, hands-on skills training and curriculum
development, he added.
the Milwaukee area offer a highly skilled workforce and play a
vital role in the continued success of Eaton’s business,” said
Clayton Tychkowsky, president of Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems
Division. “This investment and expansion will provide new
manufacturing technology and enhance our regional manufacturing
capabilities to help us meet the increasing demand for our
products by utility, commercial and industrial customers.”