Wausau Paper early next year will close the historic Brokaw mill, where the company began more than 100 years ago, a move that will put hundreds of employees out of work.This is the second time these other businesses will be taking a hit in just a few months. The first came when Walker took money away from the working men and women in order to benefit his campaign donors and cronies. Without that money, worth several thousands of dollars for each worker, it will be harder and harder for the businesses to stay in business when no one can afford to patronize them.
The Mosinee-based papermaking company announced Wednesday that it will sell its premium print and color paper division -- located in Brokaw -- to Neenah Paper, which is buying paper brands but not the mill.
The decision, foreshadowed when Wausau Paper announced plans this fall to leave the printing- and writing-paper market, will eliminate jobs for 450 people by March 31, when the mill closes permanently, the company said.
Although the closure didn't come as a complete surprise to some residents, workers and industry officials, it likely will rattle the local economy, affecting not just the families who have relied upon the mill for years but also those communities where the workers shop and live.
But again, the is something we've known all along.
And that is why we are recalling him and Becky Kleefisch from office. It's for the good of the state.