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Sealed Air prepares to end last ex-Diversey jobs

The Diversey headquarters building

is shown on June 1, 2011, before the company was sold to Sealed Air Corp.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Sealed Air Corp. has notified the state of the ending dates for 74 more former Diversey jobs in the greater Racine area. The layoffs are expected to begin on March 15 and end on June 30, 2017, according to a notice issued Friday.

Sealed Air bought Diversey in 2011 for $4.3 billion in cash and stock. It was apparently the only time an entire Johnson family company — at the time the late Sam Johnson’s family owned 51 percent of the stock — was sold to an outside entity.

Local employment has dwindled heavily since that 2011 acquisition.

In July 2014, when Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division had about 300 remaining jobs here, Sealed Air notified them it would build a new global headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., and consolidate about 1,300 jobs into that state-of-the-art campus within three years.

The plan has had dire consequences here by ending any local Diversey Care operations as most of those jobs are being sent to Charlotte; the rest are terminations.

In a letter with Thursday’s date, Sealed Air notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in a Warn Act notice how and when it plans to end the rest of its remaining local operations.

“As you know, we have already given notice (and periodic updates) regarding the plant closure at the Diversey headquarters formerly located at 8310 16th St. in Sturtevant,” Tammy Hutchinson of Sealed Air wrote.

Since closing that building, she wrote, Sealed Air’s remaining operations are in two area locations: the Racine Satellite Office at 1400 N. Newman Road and the company’s Extension Office at 1300 90th St. in Sturtevant.

The Racine Satellite Office at 1400 N. Newman Road, Mount Pleasant, has 45 remaining employees. It was for the closing of that office that Sealed Air filed a Warn Act notice Thursday. The last of those jobs will have been relocated or terminated by March 31, 2017, starting this March 25.

“All affected employees have been notified of their separation dates and that their separation from employment will be permanent,” Hutchinson wrote.

With that notification, Sealed Air also provided an update on plans for closing the company’s Extension Office at 1300 90th St., Sturtevant, which has 29 remaining employees. The last of those jobs will have been relocated or terminated by June 30, 2017, starting this March 15, Hutchinson wrote.

Sealed Air, which has been based in Elmwood Park, N.J., owns the iconic Bubble Wrap brand and has operations in many industry sectors.

Since Sealed Air bought Diversey and vacated its headquarters here, SC Johnson has bought the building for its own uses.

“All affected employees have been notified of their separation dates and that their separation from employment will be permanent.” — Tammy Hutchinson, Sealed Air Corp.

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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