- people on the move
Manufacturer closing plant
A German maker of construction site equipment has announced it will close its plant in the region.
Munich-based Wacker Neuson said last week it will shutter its manufacturing facility in Norton Shores, at 1300 E. Mt. Garfield Rd. The plant makes light tower and heater products.
The company will shift production to its North American headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, which is near its Germantown, Wisconsin logistics facility.
Production at the Norton Shores plant will continue until late April. The facility will close on July 27.
Wacker Neuson said the move from Michigan to Wisconsin will impact 36 employees currently working in Norton Shores.
“Operationally, we will continue to run as usual through our target end dates,” said Keith Herr, VP and director of manufacturing and engineering, Wacker Neuson. “We will provide regular updates to our employees, as well as state and local officials going forward.”
The manufacturer said the closure of the facility is part of the company’s effort to “consolidate its manufacturing footprint” and “enhance national and global distribution.”
The light tower and heater products made at the Wacker Neuson facility primarily serve the construction and municipal industries and are carried by dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as a global distribution network.
The Norton Shores facility opened in 2007 after Wacker Neuson’s purchase of Ground Heaters Inc. in 2006.
Jobs at the Menomonee Falls location will be posted on the company’s website as they become available.