Brillion Iron Works to start layoffs November 11

Brillion Iron Works exterior mural

BRILLION, Wis. (WBAY) – The state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) received notice that Brillion Iron Works will begin laying off employees November 11.

The new owner of the foundry told employees last week it was shutting down the molding and melt operations later this year.

In all, 340 employees are affected, including:

  • 72 in mold
  • 55 in maintenance
  • 49 in finish
  • 39 in melt
  • 36 in core
  • 18 in pattern shop
  • 15  in inspection
  • 10 in engineering/research & development

Michigan-based Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (MPG) is moving the work to five other plants — in Browntown and Reedsburg, Wisconsin; Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana.

MPG said in a statement it would offer employees a chance to relocate to other foundries in the company “as opportunities exist.” It told the DWD employees won’t have bumping rights except hourly union employees who have bumping rights laid out in their bargaining agreement.

DWD says it’s prepared to offer workers assistance finding new jobs, including workshops on resumes, interviewing and budgeting before the layoffs.


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