American Superconductor to close Middleton plant

2014-03-20T05:05:00Z American Superconductor to close Middleton plantJUDY NEWMAN | Wisconsin State Journal | jdnewman@madison.com | 608-252-6156 madison.com

American Superconductor (AMSC) will close its Middleton plant by Dec. 31 and transfer those operations to its headquarters in Devens, Mass.

The company declined to disclose the number of Middleton employees affected but said they will be offered positions in Devens. The plant, at 8401 Murphy Drive, makes a voltage regulation and control device for use on the electric transmission grid.

The announcement is “very unfortunate,” said Mike Davis, Middleton city administrator. “They’ve been a sound employer in Middleton as long as I can remember.”

The closing is part of a series of “strategic operational initiatives” AMSC announced on Wednesday. They include reducing wind power manufacturing in China to Chinese customers and opening a new production center in Romania for other wind customers worldwide.

AMSC said it will cut its total staff between 5 percent and 10 percent, or up to 120 employees, spokeswoman Kerry Farrell said, among its Middleton, Massachusetts and Chinese sites.

AMSC also has operations in New Berlin, which will not be affected. As of 2011 — the most recent figures available — the company said it had more than 100 employees in Wisconsin but did not break down the numbers between Middleton and New Berlin. Madison Gas and Electric’s 2013 High-Tech Directory lists the Middleton plant at 100 employees.

American Superconductor came into the local market in 1997 when it acquired Superconductivity Inc. for nearly $16 million.

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(9) Comments

  1. TheRestOfTheStory
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    TheRestOfTheStory - March 20, 2014 3:58 pm
    middleoftheroad, What is the percentage of business that pay NO taxes in Wisconsin? And this is what you are pointing at? That they are taxed out of Wisconsin. Give me a break.
  2. Report Abuse
    - March 20, 2014 3:36 pm
    Walker, Walker, Koch, Koch. What a bunch of BS. Companies move, get bought out, outsource all the time. The main cause of these is our tax Code. We push businesses off shore. If Any of you were the CEO of these companies You would be forced to do the same. Why? Because you cannot keep your job if you make the decision to pay 25% tax on $200M profit here yr after yr when you could just move offshore and pay 7%. That is $36M less taxes/yr. Most companies would like to stay but they can't
  3. Report Abuse
    - March 20, 2014 3:32 pm
    While plenty of people are employed in our various levels of government and government decisions and actions do cause jobs....like road construction. The point is that Governemnt doesn't Create private sector jobs to be created or expanded. The government doesn't cause people to start their owns businesses and put in 70 hrs weeks and risk their life savings while doing so. And the governement doesn't make this hard work pay off into some companies that grow and expand while some fail and lose their behinds. This is where jobs are created.
  4. Nevets
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    Nevets - March 20, 2014 9:43 am
    More jobs shipped to China.....
  5. fact_based
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    fact_based - March 20, 2014 8:59 am
    No need to revise any posts, Mike. The points made are as valid as the RWNJs blaming Doyle for hamstringing Walker. Also get a kick out of their claim that government doesn't create jobs. It kind of flies in the face of what Walker claims he's able to do.
    Are these jobs subtracted from the 250,000 promise?
  6. number6
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    number6 - March 20, 2014 7:35 am
    I think most reasonable persons realize that in many cases, the particular butt in the governor's chair has little to do with these types of employment decisions. Always fun to blame the bad guy, and praise the good guy, though!
  7. MikeBauhs
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    MikeBauhs - March 20, 2014 6:36 am
    This plant closing was a long time coming. The Chinese government backed out on a multi million dollar contract that was a huge part of American Superconductor's business. The Governor could do nothing to prevent this. Want to revise your posts?
  8. nxds
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    nxds - March 19, 2014 4:53 pm
    I thought WI was open for business? Thanks Scotty.
  9. gman
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    gman - March 19, 2014 4:53 pm
    Another high pay job sector lost but do not worry Mr Walker Walmarts enlarging in Stoughton.

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