Beloit employer to lay off 55

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BELOIT — Babcock and Wilcox Universal, Inc. has notified Wisconsin officials of its plan to eliminate 55 employees at its Beloit facility.

The layoffs will occur at the company’s Beloit plant, located at 601 3rd St. The layoffs are expected to be effective June 3.

The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Area’s Rapid Response Team will contact the company to offer Rapid Response Services.

Babcock and Wilcox Universal, based in Charlotte, N.C., acquired Universal Acoustics and Emission Technology (Universal AET) in January. The acquisition included the Beloit operations.

Universal AET, which produced acoustic and emission technology to address noise and air pollution problems in products, moved into a 22,000 square foot space at the Ironworks complex in downtown Beloit in March of 2012.

The city was notified of the layoff plan on Tuesday, according to Beloit City Manager Lori S. Curtis Luther.

“It is very unfortunate that this is happening and the city stands ready to assist to link displaced employees with other job opportunities in the area,” Luther said. “Our relationship with Southwest Regional Workforce Development Board is one way in which we can provide support. We are also partnering with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to provide services to displaced workers.”

Luther said the job market in the Beloit area is strong right now.

“We understand that some impacted employees have already accepted other positions in the community,” she said. “As these workers are highly skilled and there is a high current demand in the workforce, I am optimistic about the opportunities to place impacted employees. We are already making connections between employees and prospective employers.”

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