Johnson Controls spinning off automotive business could affect 197 employees

As a result of Johnson Controls’ recent decision to pursue spinning off its automotive business into a separate publicly traded company, 197 employees could be affected.

The Glendale-based global diversified industrial company expects to begin eliminating what are known as Project Unity positions on Sept. 30, according to the WARN notice filed with the state. The positions will be eliminated by Oct. 14, the notice said.

Johnson Controls spokesman Fraser Engerman said all 197 employees will not necessarily be laid off. He said those are the employees who could “potentially be impacted.”

“We are working (with) those employees who received a WARN notice to find other positions within the company,” he said. “We made the decision to pause our enterprise wide SAP project following our decision to spinoff our automotive business into a separate publicly traded company. The pause is part of a comprehensive cost savings program.”

The affected employees currently perform their work at a facility located at 801 S. 60th St. in West Allis. Engerman said that location will continue to house work from Johnson Controls’ IT department.

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