Spirit Manufacturing laying off 60 in New Berlin

Facility to close in November

New Berlin-based Spirit Manufacturing Inc. will close its facility at 5340 S. Emmer Drive and lay off 60 employees, according to a notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.manufacturing plant shutterstock_353910407

Spirit was founded in 1997 and is a contract manufacturer of machined parts for medium and large original equipment manufacturers. The company serves a number of industries including transportation, automotive, agriculture, construction, heavy equipment and power generation.

The company cited “changing business circumstances” as the reason for the shutdown. Spirit is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waterford-based HyPro, Inc. After a major customer announced it would move work overseas, the parent company opted to consolidate operations at HyPro, but many Spirit employees are being offered positions at HyPro’s Waterford facility, said Steve Waters, HyPro chief financial officer.

Spirit anticipates the layoffs occurring around Nov. 18, although some employees may stay on to wrap up operations.

The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Area Rapid Response Team will offer rapid response services to the affected workers.

The layoffs will bring the total number of workers affected by mass layoffs and closings in 2016 to 4,683. There were 9,630 affected workers in all of 2015.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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