The worst part, no matter how Manitowoc Co. spins this, all the city and surrounding area will think is one word: Mirro.
Manitowoc Foodservice, an operating group of Manitowoc Co., plans to cut 150 jobs in Manitowoc and move assembly of its Indigo ice machines to a plant in Monterrey, Mexico, according to a press release.
Job cuts will occur during the next two years. Affected employees are represented by the International Association of Machinists union.
Manitowoc Co. said by moving production to Mexico, it will be able to “more effectively serve” customers in Latin America and the U.S.
“The intended transfer of assembly for Indigo supports the Foodservice manufacturing strategy that includes capitalizing on emerging market growth and will allow us to better compete in the increasingly competitive global market,” the release states.
The Foodservice facility in Manitowoc will continue to produce ice machine evaporators and a number of other products, taking advantage of a recent $3.2 million investment in the 26th Street plant, the company said.
Product development, engineering, marketing, finance and service functions for Manitowoc Ice products also will remain at the Manitowoc facility.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mirro, which made aluminum cooking ware in the city, was gobbled up by Newell-Rubbermaid and then moved south of the border piece by piece until the company folded around 2003. Just this month, the process of demolition in one of the oldest of the Mirro buildings began. It’s expected to take a year as they slowly try to recycle as much of the maple hardwood, marble tiling and other fixtures as they can.
It was sold to its current owner for a mere $200.
Naturally, it still remains a sore spot for many in the area.