Rock-Tenn Co. will close a corrugated box plant on Milwaukee's north side where 69 people now work.What I really find odd about this is that I thought there would be a high demand for cardboard boxes, what with Wisconsin being one of the top states that people are fleeing from as they look for work and safer environments.
The Georgia-based firm notified state officials Tuesday that it would shutter the factory as of July 5.
Most employees at the plant, 2800 W. Custer Ave., will move to other Rock-Tenn box factories in the Milwaukee area, a company spokeswoman said. She said Rock-Tenn is shutting down Custer Ave. operation because the firm has more plant and equipment capacity than it needs.
The plant has produced corrugated boxes since the 1950s. Rock-Tenn acquired it in 2011 when it bought Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
The United Steelworkers union represents employees at the plant. Union officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Two years ago, Rock-Tenn gave notice that it would close another Milwaukee factory, at 1900 W. Cornell St., laying off 199 workers.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
More "good" news for Milwaukee, which is under the double austerity of Scott Walker's and Chris Abele's austerity agendas: