OAK CREEK — Longtime maker of
flavored sodas Black Bear Bottling announced it will close its doors
in less than two months.
Black Bear Bottling Group LLC
informed the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on
Wednesday it will shutter its facility at 2025 S. Branch Blvd. in
Oak Creek. As a result of the anticipated Sept. 15 closing, about 76
people will lose their jobs. The DWD and its regional workforce
partners the Employ Milwaukee Rapid Response team will offer rapid
response services to the affected workers.
According to the notice sent to
the DWD, Black Bear Bottling has been placed in receivership by
Black Bear Bottling was formed
in 1920 and has been operated by the Caruso family since 1961.
According to the company’s website, “it all began when a beverage
craftsman made a little black bear cub a beloved pet on his
Wisconsin property, he knew he had to pay tribute in some way.”
The Black Bear Bottling Group
produces quality traditional and customized beverages for regional
and national brands.