Milwaukee set to gain hundreds of jobs with closure of Molson Coors Denver office

NOW: Milwaukee set to gain hundreds of jobs with closure of Molson Coors Denver office

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Molson Coors is cutting jobs overall next year, but Milwaukee is one of few cities that will actually gain jobs out of the move.

Governor Evers says it's a big win for the state.

Molson Coors, state and local leaders say Milwaukee beat out other cities to gain hundreds of corporate jobs as the company closes its Denver office.

"When we came to Gov. Evers and to Mayor Barrett just a few months ago, they stepped up immediately," said Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley. "The commitment to our plans, the support for our company and the pledge of resources were all important for our decision-making."

The state would not discuss the tax credits they offered for the jobs, but Mayor Tom Barrett says the city is offering $2 million in tax credits tied to bringing jobs and hiring construction workers locally.

"We want to ensure that the people who live in this community, and sometimes literally in the neighborhood, are helping to build the future of this city," said Barrett.

Buildings will be renovated, but no new building will be constructed.

Molson Coors says the new jobs will average a higher salary than the company's current Milwaukee jobs, and they should arrive by the end of 2020.

"These are family supporting jobs with great benefits," Gov. Evers said. "Molson Coors is a company committed to Wisconsin because Wisconsin is committed to Molson Coors."

Molson Coors says some of these hundreds of jobs will be filled by people moving from their former Denver locations, but they will also recruit people from the Milwaukee area.

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