Madison's Oscar Mayer plant — a fixture on the East Side for nearly 100 years — will close and its headquarters will move to Chicago, putting 1,000 employees out of work, parent company Kraft Heinz announced on in 2015.
The loss of one of Madison's signature companies is part of a plan by parent company Kraft Heinz to close seven factories in the U.S. and Canada, four months after the two food giants merged.
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Mayor Paul Soglin said the city has not heard back from Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn about its taking over the shuttered Oscar Mayer site or two sites at the city's edge.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin discusses asking Foxconn to consider the Oscar Mayer site for a possible Dane County facility.
Soglin said, though, that he won't sidestep environmental rules to clear the way for Foxconn at the site of the closed meat processing plant.
"It's a sad day for Oscar Mayer. It's family and friends," Mike Carlin, line leader of the remaining production line, said Wednesday afternoon as he headed for the parking lot. "We've got one more day, then we're done."
The Madison City Council approved the creation of a committee to assess the soon-to-be-vacant Oscar Mayer campus Tuesday, while adding $50,000 to complete the assessment.
The Madison factory is scheduled to close by the end of July after making hot dogs and lunchmeat since 1919.
Plans to close the Oscar Mayer factory have been pushed back from the end of March to late June.
Reich Brothers Holdings, a New York-based firm that manages the assets of closed factories, is eyeing the soon-to-shut-down Madison plant.
The closing of the Oscar Mayer plant doesn't happen until spring, but the closing already has had a dramatic impact on how much water is used in the city.
Employment at the Madison plant is rapidly declining toward an expected March 2017 closing.
With the words, “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener,” Trentlage helped solidify the company’s hot dogs as a piece of Americana.
The pending shutdown of the city's biggest water user, Oscar Mayer, is more than a drop in the bucket for Madison Water Utility.
The mayor held a meeting Monday of city, state and business representatives.
Union leaders have been told wiener production will cease by the end of September.
Fitzgerald has asked Madison and Dane County officials for records of their communications with Kraft Heinz officials.
A public meeting to toss out ideas for redeveloping the site drew about 70 people Wednesday night.
What should the home of the Wienermobile become? That's on the minds of City Council members and residents around the 50-acre Oscar Mayer production facility on Madison's North Side and will be the topic at a public meeting on Wednesday.
Linda Krugman, fifth-highest in seniority, has been at the factory 42 years, working almost every shift in every department.
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In three recent cases, other food-production companies are now operating those factories.
Walker's comments come a day after Mayor Paul Soglin said he and Walker spoke Friday during which Soglin asked for the governor's help in creating the market.
The mayor also said the city didn't make any mistakes in not reaching out to the state's economic development agency.
Companies are growing, and a local workforce development agency says it has already started hearing from businesses who want to hire Oscar Mayer workers.
Eken Park, once home to many of the company's workers, looks back with pride and ahead with concern.
Kraft Heinz will seek a buyer for the Madison headquarters of Oscar Mayer — a move that could possibly keep the facility operational.
The union chief also has an initial timetable on when the company's 1,000 Madison jobs will end.
City economic development officials contacted the food conglomerate but weren't able to schedule a meeting before announcement that Oscar Mayer plant would close.
Oscar Mayer's history in Madison dates back to 1919.
The company and its employees were the third-largest contributor last year to United Way's annual fundraising campaign.
Madison's Oscar Mayer plant will close and its headquarters will move to Chicago, putting 1,000 employees out of work, parent Kraft Heinz announced Wednesday.