Motor Castings Co. shutting down, cutting 113 jobs

Layoffs to start May 20

Last updated on June 24th, 2019 at 04:08 pm

Motor Castings Co. will shut down its foundry at 1323 S. 65th St. in West Allis after the company decided to relocate a product line manufactured at the facility.

The decision will eliminate 113 jobs, including 100 hourly positions, according to a notice sent to state officials.

The company operated an iron foundry and specialized in medium volume production of 50 to 800 pound castings with complex cores.

Motor Castings was acquired in late 2017 by the parent company of Indiana-based foundry Dalton Corp. Dalton was bought in 2016 by Speyside Equity and Beckner Cleary Partners. Dalton has a facility in Warsaw, Indiana.

The Motor Castings notice to state officials did not specify where the facility’s work would be relocated to. Company officials indicated layoffs would begin May 20 and continue in phases until complete closure on June 3.

A company official did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The United Steelworkers Local 1610 represents some of the employees at the facility.

Michael Daily, a staff representative with the United Steelworkers, said the company had just negotiated a new contract with the union but was not able to remain competitive. He said foreign competition was a major factor and the company plans to move what products and machinery it can to the Indiana facility.

“My main objective is to find all 113 people family sustain, good paying jobs,” Daily said.

Dalton is offering relocation packages to some employees.

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