WEST MILWAUKEE, WI—GE Healthcare plans to invest $50 million in a new assembly plant here to make CT scanners and other products. The facility could eventually employ more than 1,200 people as part of a proposed plan to consolidate the company’s operations in Wisconsin.
The plan would include moving roughly 1,500 employees from its offices and plant in Waukesha, WI, and other sites to West Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI, over several years.
About 600 employees would continue to work in Waukesha at the plant and offices of the company’s magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, business.
“We saw an opportunity to better use existing capacity and make significant investments that would reaffirm our commitment to manufacturing and product development in the state,” says Tom Westrick, president and CEO of Life Care Solutions at GE Healthcare.
GE Healthcare recently bought an 87,000-square-foot building next to its existing plant at 4855 W. Electric Ave. in West Milwaukee. More than 600 employees now work at the GE Healthcare plant in West Milwaukee—the site of GE’s first factory in Wisconsin when the company moved what was known as its X-ray department from Chicago in 1947.