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Eaton Corp. sending 83 more WI jobs to Mexico despite WEDC tax credits

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For the third time in just over two years, a global power management company is outsourcing Wisconsin jobs to Mexico, despite receiving nearly $370,000 in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Eaton Corporation announced Monday it is shutting down production of its molded rubber products line at its Cooper Power Systems plant in Pewaukee and laying off 83 employees there

The layoffs mark the final stage of Eaton's decision to move production of that line to its facility in Queretaro, Mexico. Eaton had already moved the majority of its molded rubber production to that plant in April 2013, when it laid off the 163 employees in Pewaukee.

Monday's layoffs come just four months after Eaton announced it was ending the production of printed circuit boards at its Watertown facility and sending that work to Tijuana, Mexico. That will result in 93 layoffs by the end of the year.

After those layoffs, Gov. Scott Walker told 27 News on April 30 he had instructed WEDC officials to work with Eaton to claw back some of the money they had awarded to the company. But the WEDC Board has had two meetings since those April layoffs and has yet to discuss the Eaton outsourcing. On July 20, a WEDC official told 27 News no such claw back had occurred yet.

WEDC originally awarded tax credits to Eaton in 2011 and 2012 for creating 24 jobs and retaining another 154 positions at its factory in Menomonee Falls.

Eaton Corp. had revenues of $22.6 billion in 2014 and employs approximately 102,000 people worldwide.

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