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The CEO of Badger Meter said Wisconsin becoming a right-to-work state was a key factor in his decision to shutter a Scottsdale, AZ, production facility and move those jobs to Mount Pleasant.
Milwaukee-based Badger Meter manufactures flow measurement devices.
According to a story in BizTimes Milwaukee, Rich Meeusen will move 35 jobs plus a nationally certified lab for making turbine meters to its location in Mount Pleasant on 90th Street and Highway 20. The expected to take place in March 2018.
Meeusen told the magazine that part of the reason he’s moving the jobs to Racine County is that Wisconsin is now a right-to-work state, which means employers cannot force employees to join a union. He said the company has added 30 to 40 jobs between its Brown Deer and Racine County plants, most of them in painting welding and machining.
“Frankly, we would not have been doing all of that if Wisconsin were not a right-to-work state,” he is quoted as saying.
Had the law not passed, Meeusen said the Arizona jobs would have gone to Oklahoma. The lease on the Scottsdale facility is up in 2019, the story continues.