Here's what happens when a Wisconsin factory closes...
The former Mayville Products Corp., located in Mayville, Wisconsin, closed in January after seven years in business. The company had manufactured cabinets, racks, frames, and mounting products for computers and telecommunications equipment.
Now, the entire facility, which adjoins the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, is up for sale. The 400,000-square-foot plant, which sits on 15 acres, will be sold, with all of its equipment auctioned off:
multiple bridge cranes (up to 11 tons), 17 dock high doors, 13 drive-in doors, interior ceiling heights up to 22', heavy power, and compressed air and welding gas infrastructure throughout. A significant portion of the facility was dedicated to a state-of-the-art wet and powder coat paint line operations.
Wisconsin, which has an economy heavily dependent on manufacturing, shed roughly 100,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade. It's unfortunate to consider that Mayville's employees are now among those who've lost good-paying middle class jobs.
On the subject of manufacturing in Wisconsin, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Executive Director Scott Paul was interviewed yesterday on Madison's WTDY 1670AM by morning talk show host, Sly. Paul was asked his opinion of a recent report by the Poverty Research Center suggesting that the U.S. is no longer a manufacturing economy.
Paul explained that, actually, the U.S. depends heavily on its industrial sector to support millions of middle class jobs, with Wisconsin serving as a prime example.
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