Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Foeckler wants to bring together local CEOs.
National attention continues to descend on Oak Creek-based Master Lock, thanks to President Barack Obama's visit Wednesday and his mention of the company in January's State of the Union address. But it isn't the only large corporation with roots in Oak Creek. The city is home to several other nationally-known companies, including PPG Industries and Caterpillar's Global Mining Division. On the heels of Wednesday's visit from the president, Mayor Al Foeckler said he hopes to form a council of local business leaders that would help guide job-growing strategy. Foeckler said he hopes to bring in those companies' leaders and form a "mayor's council." He plans to reach out to Master Lock Chief Executive John Heppner and others with the idea that…
Several hundred people were outside Master Lock in Milwaukee as President Barack Obama came to visit.
Dennis Gray is quite familiar with Master Lock, having worked for the company for eight years in the 1990s before leaving for a different job. Now unemployed, Gray stood outside the Master Lock plant on a warmer-than-usual, sunny Wednesday, anxiously awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama. Gray, a boilermaker by trade, is hoping Master Lock will hire him back. But he has his name on several waiting lists, desperate for just about any kind of job. He expressed optimism that Obama's plans will help create more jobs, especially in areas like this one. "The central city needs it," he said. That statement summed up the general mood Wednesday at the corner of 33rd and Clarke streets, outside the Master Lock employee parking lot. Some …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Oak Creek-based company named in Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday.
Did you catch the Master Lock mention in President Obama's State of the Union speech last night? The president referenced Master Lock, which has its administrative offices in Oak Creek, when discussing the importance of keeping jobs in the United States. "We can't bring back every job that's left our shores. But right now, it's getting more expensive to do business in places like China," Obama said. "Meanwhile, America is more productive. A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock's unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity." The company's chief executive, John Heppner, took part in a forum on "…
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Company first moved to city in 2004.
Master Lock will keep its headquarters in Oak Creek after being spun off from its parent company, according to a Journal Sentinel report. Fortune Brand Inc., a diverse Chicago-based group whose holdings include Master Lock, announced earlier this year it would split into three different companies, the newspaper reported. In 2004, Master Lock moved its corporate headquarters to Oak Creek at 137 W. Forest Hill Ave. Click here for the entire J-S story.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Oak Creek-based company will make donation to Rowe's foundation.
Oak Creek-based Master Lock has announced a partnership with Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." Master Lock will launch a new line of security products designed to protect tools and equipment in the cargo area of pickup trucks and vans, especially those that are used for work. Rowe will act as the spokesman for this new product line. As part of the partnership, Master Lock will make a donation to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. The donation will support technical education scholarships and assistance to schools and institutes providing a technical curriculum. "This partnership with Master Lock will allow us to raise the level of awareness for the growing skills gap in America," Rowe said in a news release. Master Lock'…