Seasonal Sorrow: Wisconsin Workers Navigate Mass Layoffs Amid Impending Plant Closure

Unfortunate News: Closure of Wisconsin Plant Results in Layoffs for Local Workers: This week brought disheartening news as Transcontinental Packaging announced the closure of its Wisconsin plant on January 15, leading to the termination of employment for 90 facility employees.

According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, employers with over 100 full-time workers must provide a 60-day notice before laying off 50 or more individuals at a single site. In compliance with this regulation, Transcontinental Packaging officially filed a WARN Act notice with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, formally notifying them of the impending layoffs.

The notice stated, “We are writing to inform you that there will be a plant closing at the Transcontinental facility located at 501 Williams St in Tomah, Wisconsin. The closing will be permanent, and the first separation is expected to occur on 1/15/24, affecting approximately 90 employees.”

Recent Job Losses in Wisconsin

Over the past few months, Wisconsin has experienced a series of layoffs, including:

  • Dowco, a leading manufacturer and supplier of OEM boat covers, tops, hardware, and accessories, is set to lay off 53 staff at a Manitowoc facility.
  • Saputo Cheese is closing a cheese manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, resulting in the loss of all 187 facility jobs.
  • Strauss Brands is laying off 127 staff in Franklin.
  • Energizer announced 172 layoffs.
  • Last month, 133 staff were laid off by Superior Die Corp in Oak Creek.
  • St. Norbert College in De Pere is laying off 41 staff.
  • National Express Transit Corporation, a transportation business, announced it would lay off 140 employees across three Wisconsin locations.
  • Master Lock filed a WARN Act, informing 235 employees at the Milwaukee plant about their impending layoffs.
  • Rexnord announced the layoff of 64 staff in Milwaukee on November 30.
  • Trucking company Yellow Freight ceased operations, resulting in 261 workers in Wisconsin losing their jobs.
  • Shine Technologies laid off 59 employees.
  • The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Madison, filed a WARN Act last Wednesday, stating that 59 staff members will be laid off.
  • Lereta, LLC, announced that 28 staff will be laid off in Fond du Lac.
  • NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes advised of 88 layoffs across two sites in Beloit and Madison.


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