Call it a win for the 1% at the expense of the 99%. Right here in rural Wisconsin.
In the Marathon County Village of Brokaw, WI, a paper mill that is 100 years old is being closed.
The Brokaw mill is owned by Wausau Paper, company, Mosinee, the last such company headquartered in Wisconsin, the company says.
450 workers will lose their jobs when the plant shuts down in a few months.
The Wausau Daily Herald reported that the plant had lost money for several years.
There's a slide show of the plant, here.
Big plant in a very small town.
The Village of Brokaw has about 300 residents, with an average per capita income of about $30,000, and average home valuation of about $95,000, data show.
Things had been tough in Brokaw even before the plant closing announcement; the Village website says it nearly disincorporated.
Sounds like 99-percenters' territory.
In 2010, the top individual at the company, Wausau Paper President and CEO Thomas J. Howatt earned total compensation of $4,543,993, according to the proxy statement available at this company website.
And it's Board Chairman, San Orr, is also on the Board of Directors of the Bradley Foundation.
And no one doubts the position of the Foundation in the growth and impact of conservative agendas in both the state and country, as the Journal Sentinel recently cataloged.
Solidly 1% all-'round, I reckon.
The Wausau Daily Herald also reports that a hedge fund had pushed to close the plant.
New York-based hedgefund Starboard Value, Wausau Paper's largest shareholder, said in a letter filed with federal regulators this summer that the company should sell the printing and writing business.Starboard was founded in March of this year.
It controls assets worth $251 million, manages 11 accounts and has 6-10 employees.
At the tippy-top of the 1%.
Here is the Starboard Value Fund home page content.
How many light years away is Starboard from the real world in Brokaw?