GE Healthcare plans distribution center in Muskego

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GE Healthcare plans to build a 485,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Muskego, Wis., shifting 125 jobs from nearby Cudahy to the Waukesha County community.

The new facility will be built as a replacement for the 10 buildings that GE Healthcare currently leases at the Ace Industrial Park in Cudahy, which cover 375,000 square feet.

"We really wanted to consolidate our distribution operations," said GE Healthcare spokesman Arvind Gopalratnam. "It will allow us to be more lean." He said that no jobs will be lost as a result of the shifting of work to Muskego, and that some jobs could be added once the move is completed.

GE didn't reveal the planned cost of the facility, but Gopalratnam said GE Healthcare expects to seek some financing from the city of Muskego for infrastructure improvements.

GE Healthcare has about 6,000 employees in the Milwaukee area, including about 2,000 employees at a 506,000-sq.-ft. office building that opened last year in Wauwatosa, Wis.