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Waukesha County Plant Cuts Jobs, Sending Work to Mexico

Cooper Power System in Pewaukee is laying off over 100 workers.

Cooper Power System in Pewaukee is eliminating 166 jobs and sending the work to Mexico beginning next year, reported Patch media partners WISN 12 News.

The electrical equipment supplier's cuts will affect mainly production plant workers and 30 salaried positions. The production of molded rubber will be moved to its facility in Queretaro, Mexico. 

Eaton acquired Cooper Industries in November 2012. A spokesperson with Eaton's Cooper Power Systems Division said that ongoing business and market conditions and a continued challenging business climate have caused them to make this move. 

The company will now be left with fewer than 100 employees, according to WISN 12 News. 

Steve Ebbie April 22, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Scott Walker is in China so he will not be able to help. The legislature is busy at the moment finding ways to limit voting. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/gop-senators-offers-bills-to-tighten-rules-si9hjim-202776711.html
Theresa April 22, 2013 at 07:50 PM
"A spokesperson with Eaton's Cooper Power Systems Division said the that ongoing business, market conditions and a continued challenging business climate have caused them to make this move." Interesting since they just purchased them in November of last year. What a stupid move, my father has worked there for 30+ years and has seen numerous name changes and ownership's and Eaton buys them and OH, we can't afford American workers. People wonder why you can't afford US workers, it's because of GREED! Plain & simple, GREED!
Mr Lundt April 22, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Steve Since they took the jobs to Mexico---any chance this is a federal /Obamacare issue? For those of you from MPS---that is out of the country.
St. Swithin April 22, 2013 at 08:08 PM
This is not a real surprise since Eaton bought them. They have 100,000 employees worldwide, so 160 is hardly worth mentioning. They would naturally want to consolidate operations and reduce redundancy. I wonder if they warned Gov. Walker? Did he get a chance to offer incentives? People will use this to bash Walker, of course. Or maybe the President, depending on your political persuasion. But how do you influence a multi-national not even based in the U.S.? Another thing - Is this site actually in Pewaukee? I thought Cooper was in Waukesha near the quarry.
M April 22, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Mr. Lundt - Perhaps you and your superior education can explain how Obamacare might be the issue? P.S. Your pot shot at MPS shows your ignorance.
ben willims April 22, 2013 at 08:34 PM
cooper has multiple plants locally...1 off sunset behind Fox Run, 1 off 164 by quarry and 1 in pewaukee on Hickory St, and don't forget the Franksville plant!
Mr Lundt April 22, 2013 at 09:53 PM
It might be the issue because it means higher costs for having US employees. Many other companies have said the same thing and the lefties just put their head back in a bucket and ignore it. It could also be that Obama has raised corporate taxes to the highest in the world...but the left hates that too....so they ignore it. The MPS statement had to do with the MPS genius and county board member Peggy West not knowing the geographical relationship between Arizona and Mexico.
Bob McBride April 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM
And...we have a picture of someone holding some twenties. Maybe this will help. https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&q=cooper+power+systems+in+pewaukee&fb=1&gl=us&hq=cooper+power+systems&hnear=0x8805ac1d8abc99a1:0x1d862d7b14593e13,Pewaukee,+WI&cid=0,0,10313702559797964314&ei=L7V1UfOrFsiLrgHZmoHIAg&ved=0CLkBEPwSMAA
Scott L April 23, 2013 at 12:18 AM
And the plant at the end of Lincoln Avenue too: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=43.009939,-88.207319&num=1&gl=us&t=m&z=19
Steve ® April 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM
> They would naturally want to consolidate operations and reduce redundancy. < This
outsidedabox April 23, 2013 at 01:58 AM
if the ceo's werent making millions, and i mean millions, no corporation would have to look elsewere for employees. Why are people so dumb. mexico has so much poveerty people will work for nothing, live in dirt house etc... yet you blame the american worker for wanting there fair share of the ceos millions God you people are stupid
Steve ® April 23, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Greed is the calling card for the 99% that do not understand business and need a scapegoat to explain their emotional understanding.
Steve ® April 23, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Do you mean millions? Lets say CEO is "making" 4 million. The company has 120,000 employees. 4,000,000/120,000= $33.33 per employee. Can you live on $33 per year? But you will say these 100 jobs need to be saved. 4,000,000/100 = $40,000 But you have no CEO and the company collapses and everyone is out of income. Proportion was your failure. Emotion was your driving factor.
Mr Lundt April 23, 2013 at 02:47 PM
outside You would like to blame the boogie man, but the reality is that we are in a global market. IF there are roadblocks put up by our government these businesses have a few choices. 1) Go out of business 2) Find a effective way to compete. Obama raising massive taxes including the highest corporate tax rate in the world---does not help US workers. The government is greedy and wasting Trillions a year. Start looking at the most obvious,
N8 April 23, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Were any of the workers asked to take a pay cut or change positions? If so their fault. Less money is better than no money. They were prob overpaid for the work they actually did. Business is greedy but so are we
Keith Worst April 23, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Steve and Mr Lundt are right Obamacare killed this company jobs not the business climate of the state and our coddled $10 an hour workforce! Fact is Mexico as universal healthcare now and by Cooper moving these jobs south of the border they're showing us what's up with Obamacare and its big costs.
Keith Worst April 23, 2013 at 04:21 PM
As an Eaton stock holder hopefully they will do the right thing and shutter all three plants. The workers in this state need to be taught a valuable lesson about their greed.
John Bradtke April 23, 2013 at 04:57 PM
One way or another, we always will be paying. Either more for goods made in US (where we have some basic standards that protect workers from being exploited), or, we pay more in taxes for government programs to marginally feed, house, and othewise care for the unemployed and thier children. I am not advocating massive protectionism, but, the points made earlier about greed at all levels does seem to sum it up. We all want our stuff cheap. So, we get our stuff cheap, and subsidize people who can't work as a result.
bal April 23, 2013 at 05:18 PM
My spouse is an employee at the Pewaukee facility. As well, I too worked there for many years. Production of other products has been moved to Mexico during the past years and there were rumors of more being moved to Mexico or China (where Cooper also has a facility) in the upcoming years. The recent Eaton buy out more than likely solidified the plans and subsequently moved them into action.
TOM April 24, 2013 at 01:45 PM
The ones that are scared of getting thier backs wet and stayed home work cheaper than the illegals here do thats what that tells me
Rita Hahn April 25, 2013 at 08:17 AM
The sad thing is that they lied to the workers, and then sprung this on them. My husband works at Pewaukee. and is 60 years old. Now what is he going to do, and who will hire him anywhere when Cooper was his life.
kathy April 29, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I think that is so wrong..while they make tons of money the CEO. I hope u guys can sleep at night.with your money.
DICK STEINBERG April 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM
There must have been some kind of information available to the Governor and/or his staff. was there an attempt to keep Cooper here ?
outsidedabox May 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM
120000 employees really not quite that many at most places.... but everyone has a wealth ceo think a little wow compare it two 120'000 what would the benifit be for 120 employess try to think for yourself useless

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