Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced that Bucyrus International, based in South Milwaukee, has agreed to expand its operations to Milwaukee.
Bucyrus International will expand its operations to 3073 S. Chase Avenue, the vacant Metso Minerals facility. The company will hire and train specialty welders and estimates the positions average $22 per hour plus benefits. Bucyrus International is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of large-scale excavation equipment used in surface mining and used by customers mining copper, coal, oil sands, iron ore and other minerals.
“We rolled out the welcome mat for our neighbor to the south, Bucyrus International, and I’m thrilled that they agreed to expand their operations to Milwaukee,” said Mayor Barrett. “Bucyrus International brings jobs and job training to a convenient location that is on the bus line and near an eager workforce.”
Mayor Barrett urged the Milwaukee Common Council to approve a $150,000 loan to Bucyrus International, sponsored by Alderman Tony Zielinski. The Council’s Community Economic Development Committee will consider the measure on January 25. The loan would be issued by the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, a lending arm of the Department of City Development. The money would be used to help train the additional welders the company will hire following its expansion.
“We’re finding ways to say ‘yes’ to businesses so they say ‘yes’ to Milwaukee,” said Mayor Barrett. “When a company like Bucyrus International commits to bringing new jobs to our city, we are going to do all that we can to convince them that Milwaukee is open for business. We thank Bucyrus International President and CEO Tim Sullivan for his commitment to this community.”
Mayor Barrett also thanked Governor Jim Doyle for his personal involvement and dedication to efforts to help Bucyrus International expand in Milwaukee.