Union officials meet with Brillion Iron Works workers before plant closure

Brillion Iron Works exterior mural
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BRILLION, Wis. (WBAY) – Union officials met Thursday with workers at Brillion Iron Works as the foundry prepares to close.

The Iron Workers Local Union Eight hosted a meeting at the Cobblestone Inn in Brillion.

It comes after the announcement the foundry will close in November after it was purchased by Metaldyne Performance Group. Nearly 340 employees will lose their jobs when the plant closes.

Workers say they are trying to figure out what to do next.

“People are just in awe,” said Brillion Iron Works employee Andrew Lisowe. “They didn’t really know what to think is– I’ve only been here 12 years, but a lot of guys have been here 20 plus, and they didn’t know what they were going to do after that. They had to start thinking about their families, about their mortgages– myself included. And you have to start and try and think, what can I do to be able to live day to day?”

Metaldyne Performance Group will be moving work to five other plants in Browntown, Reedsburg and locations in Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana. The company has said it will offer employees a chance to relocate if opportunities exist.

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