Closure of Best Buy store to impact employees in Fond du Lac; change coming to Eaton Corp. in Pewaukee

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PEWAUKEE — A Best Buy store is closing in Fond du Lac, and employees at a manufacturing company in Pewaukee will be impacted as the company permanently discontinues its manufacturing of a certain product line.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has received the following Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WARN) notice:

Best Buy Store 673, Fond du Lac – Approximately 59 employees will be affected by the closing of the Best Buy Store #673, 335 N. Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac. The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board and Fox Valley Job Center will provide assistance to the affected workers.

Eaton Corporation, Pewaukee – Approximately 83 employees will be affected by permanently discontinuing the manufacturing of its Molded Rubber Products product line at Eaton Corporation, 1045  Hickory Street, Pewaukee. The Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington (WOW) Development Board and DWD TAA/TRA staff will provide assistance to the affected workers.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides transition assistance to workers and companies affected by permanent worker layoffs. The Program’s local Rapid Response Teams help companies and worker representatives develop and implement a practical transition plan based on the size of the layoff event. Types of services include:

  • pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics such as resume writing and interviewing, job search strategies, and budgeting
  • provision of information about programs and resources through written materials and information sessions
  • career and resource fairs.

Workers affected by permanent layoff may also access basic re-employment services at no charge through the state’s Job Centers. Some services, including training assistance, may be an option for some workers after enrolling in one or more of DWD’s workforce development programs. While all companies faced with permanent worker layoffs are encouraged to seek assistance from the local Rapid Response Teams, some companies may be required to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing under federal and/or state law.

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