BURLINGTON — Owners of the Echo Lake Foods egg processing plant plan to rebuild at their current site following a fire that destroyed portions of the building, Burlington Mayor Bob Miller said Tuesday.

Miller met Monday with Echo Lake Foods owners and management as well as with officials from the state and Racine County, he said.

“In that meeting, (Echo Lake Foods) indicated they’d like to rebuild at their current site,” Miller said. “One of the major reasons is 60 percent of the plant is still standing and usable.”

No timeline for the rebuild has been set, Miller said, adding he’s just glad the company plans to stay.

“It saves the jobs and keeps them in the community,” he said.

The company did not respond Tuesday to requests for comment.

In a related matter, a job fair will be held from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Veterans Terrace, 589 Milwaukee Ave. It is open both to displaced Echo Lake Foods employees and the public.

It follows informational briefings to be held today for the displaced employees.

Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig said the job fair was organized in response to the fire. He said available jobs will include entry-level warehouse, maintenance mechanic, forklift operators, hospitality positions, assembly, production workers, truck packers, industrial and electrical engineers.

About 300 workers were displaced after a fire broke out at about 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the plant, 33102 S. Honey Lake Road. The fire escalated to an eight-alarm blaze requiring fire assistance from throughout southeast Wisconsin as well as northern Illinois. Firefighters worked for more than 35 hours straight to extinguish the blaze, snuffing out the last of the hot spots at the sprawling factory at about 9:15 a.m. Friday.

The fire destroyed about 20,000 to 25,000 square feet of the factory’s 70,000 square-foot building.

Michael Burke contributed to this report.

About the job fair

The Racine County Workforce Development Center will hold a job fair from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Veterans Terrace, 589 Milwaukee Ave. It is open to displaced Echo Lake Foods employees and the public.

Employers can participate at no charge and recruit for current openings ranging from entry level to those requiring advanced degrees. Employers may register at www.wdc.racineco.com or by calling (262) 638-6603 or emailing Valerie.Hanson@goracine.org.

Job seekers may prepare resumes and make copies in advance at the Racine County Workforce Development Center, 1717 Taylor Ave., or in Burlington at 496 McCanna Parkway or other job centers.

The fair will also allow participants to research academic programs.

For more information and to see a complete listing of participating employers, visit www.wdc.racineco.com or call (262) 638-6603.

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The loss of the Plant really brings into perspective the value that private enterprise brings to a Community. There is no bigger asset - because without that plant and those jobs - all the other things are not possible.

Now look at Racine - how many equivalents of Echo Lake Foods has the City allowed to leave, failed to appreciate their impact - or lost because Racine can't compete in a global economy?

Take Echo Lakes out of the Community - and how do the schools and government get funded? How do the people pay their property taxes and have money to patronize other businesses?

The public employees better wake up - as well as City of Racine officials - their failure to recognize the value of assets like Echo Lake Foods is creating an economic desert in Wisconsin. Keep raising taxes and demanding MOAR! and you will soon find there is NONE!

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