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Posted on: January 11, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Mayor's Statement on Joerns Manufacturing

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this imminent closure. The State and the City have worked diligently with Joerns over the last two years to try and find solutions and a road map to keep these jobs here in Stevens Point.

Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with the families affected by this imminent closure. The State of Wisconsin and the City of Stevens Point have worked diligently with Joerns management over the last two years to try and find solutions and a road map to keep these jobs here in Stevens Point. Millions of dollars of incentives, as well as tax credits, were put on the table to retain opportunities for the more than 140-200 plus employees that will now not have jobs.

This comes on top of the loss of 50-75 jobs already. Joerns clearly has simply put profit ahead of the lives of these great employees; even when their State and City were ready to pay millions for Joerns to stay.

When millions of dollars are not enough for these private equity firms, what will ever be enough? Our Country is broken when Mexico and free trade continue to destroy our base for living wage jobs: this situation highlights that more than anything. Ask these workers if free trade is getting us anywhere; it certainly isn't free: it comes at a great price.

We have worked and will continue to work on retaining our great employers and attracting new employers to the best of our abilities. Our attention and focus now, will be finding these employees jobs and getting them the new tools they will need to succeed.

Andrew J. Halverson,
Mayor of Stevens Point

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