Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Walker Budget Is Already Working! Part XLII

If this is a business-friendly state, I'd hate to see what it would be like if we were unfriendly.  Yet another company pulling the plug, affecting almost 150 people directly:
Three years after pulling Famous Footwear's headquarters out of Madison, where the company started, parent Brown Shoe Co. says it will close Famous Footwear's huge distribution center in the Sun Prairie Business Park in early 2012, ending 144 jobs.

Sun Prairie city officials say they had no warning.

"As recently as two months ago, the city visited with the operations manager at the facility, and all indicators seemed to point towards a continuing presence here including a growing role for their operation," Neil Stechschulte, Sun Prairie's economic development director, said in a written statement. "The announcement appears to have been a surprise to employees as well as the city as a whole."

Brown Shoe said late Tuesday it will phase out operations at 1615 Commerce Drive in Sun Prairie over the next six months. Forty-two positions will end in January; the other 102 will continue through April when the distribution center will permanently close, Brown Shoe said in a plant-closing notice to the state Department of Workforce Development.
It's most definitely time to give Scott Walker the boot! Sign a recall petition today!

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