Friday, March 4, 2011

Eaton Corp. to move Milwaukee division

Construction expected to begin this summer

Eaton Corp. will move its division headquarters from Milwaukee's north side to Wauwatosa, the Milwaukee Journal Bulletin reports. Eaton has selected the Milwaukee County Research Park, at Highway 45 and Watertown Plank Road, for its electrical sector Milwaukee operations and technical center, now at 4201 N. 27th St.

Construction is to begin this summer on the 90,000-square-foot building, Mayor Jill Didier announced Wednesday. The building is to be completed by mid-2012.

The move will shift 145 employees to the research park, and "there is potential for future employment growth," Didier said.

Eaton executives for years had considered a move from the outdated building, which was built in 1965. Eaton spokesman Todd Parks said the new building will allow the company to operate more efficiently.

"The choice of this site reaffirms Eaton's commitment to the state of Wisconsin and the region, and provides us with a location capable of supporting our continued growth," said Matt Lorenz, Eaton's industrial control division vice president and general manager, in a statement.

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