UPDATE (WKOW) – Madison mayor Paul Soglin is asking the state for help in the wake of the news that Oscar Mayer is leaving the city.
The mayor said Monday he called Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) on Friday and asked for three things: Have the state invest in a proposed Madison public market, to spur economic growth, help the hundreds of Oscar Mayer workers being laid off find good jobs, and help the city find a new user for the site that would keep the plant in tact, not strip it.
“It could be used for other industrial and manufacturing uses, particularly any that need large quantities of water in terms of the processing,” said Soglin.
The mayor claims Gov. Walker said he would look into it.
Kraft Heinz announced last week it's closing seven North American plants, including Madison's Oscar Mayer headquarters, by 2017.
Soglin says city leaders will meet with the staff of the aldermen with the plant in their districts to discuss how to help local workers and businesses in the area after it closes.
MADISON (WKOW) -- With Oscar Mayer leaving the city, Madison's mayor wants the state of Wisconsin to help pay for a public market to spur economic development.
Mayor Paul Soglin mentioned that in a Monday news conference, saying he spoke with Governor Scott Walker by phone Friday. He added that he has also asked the governor for assurances the state would help the 1,000 Oscar Mayer employees who face layoffs find jobs that pay as much or more than their current jobs.
Oscar Mayer's parent company, Kraft Heinz, announced last week it will shut down Oscar Mayer's Madison headquarters by 2017. moving corporate jobs to Chicago.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports Soglin said he and Walker discussed setting up a meeting with Kraft Heinz.
Walker's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.