QUINCY, IL. (KNOE 8 News) - Gardner Denver, Inc. announced the consolidation of the North American manufacturing operations of its compressor and vacuum pumps used in OEM applications into its Monroe, Louisiana facility.
Production from the Company's Sheboygan, Wisconsin operations will be transferred to Louisiana over the next twelve months. The project is expected to be completed by March 31, 2010.
Governor Bobby Jindal, who made the announcement at the Central Avenue plant Monday afternoon, said with the decision to consolidate manufacturing operations into Monroe, employment here will more than quadruple from roughly 70 jobs today to at least 301 by the year 2011, including new jobs averaging $37,000 plus benefits.
Barry Pennypacker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gardner Denver, said, "Although a number of factors influenced the decision to consolidate production in Monroe, our primary focus was to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the business by continuing to drive cost and inefficiencies out of the operations, while increasing our flexibility through the implementation of the Gardner Denver Way. Reaching a decision to close the Sheboygan operation was difficult and we deeply regret the impact that this closure will have on our Sheboygan employees and the local community. In the long-term, we believe this consolidation positions us with the best business solution and is in the best interests of Gardner Denver and its shareholders. We appreciate the effort and commitment demonstrated by state and local government agencies, as well as the extensive employee support received in both Wisconsin and Louisiana.
"As part of moving the operations to Monroe, the state of Louisiana, through its Rapid Response Fund Grant, will reimburse Gardner Denver for most of the costs incurred in relocating its equipment and personnel from Sheboygan, provide annual payroll and sales tax rebates through its Quality Jobs Program and facilitate employee recruitment and training through its Louisiana FastStart Program. The City of Monroe will assist in the construction of a new 124,000 square foot manufacturing facility adjoining our existing manufacturing operation."
The Company currently employs approximately 366 people in Sheboygan, including approximately 280 in manufacturing operations and related support functions, and 76 people in Monroe.
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