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GE HealthCare to move about 1,000 workers to Waukesha campus over next three years

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | November 23, 2023
Business Affairs
Milwaukee County Research Park (Photo courtesy of Milwaukee County Research Park)
As part of a plan to consolidate its operations, GE HealthCare announced this month that it would be transferring its employees over the next three years from its Milwaukee County Research Park location in Wauwatosa to its major campus in Waukesha.

The Milwaukee County Research Park is a business community made up of over 4,500 employees including those for GE HealthCare that develop and manufacture diagnostic cardiology and remote patient monitoring products. The company has run operations there since 2006, alongside Zywave, Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI), CoreLogic Insurance Solutions, Bloom Companies, and other big businesses.

The company’s 500,000-square-foot office in Wauwatosa, which is located near the Medical College of Wisconsin, expires in December 2026. Leading up to this, it will complete the relocations in waves, moving about 1,000 workers from its Wauwatosa site and campus on Milwaukee’s northwest side on West Tower Avenue together, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

While it did not disclose exactly how it would support workers in the transition, CEO Peter Arduini told them in an email that it would modernize its Waukesha location, adding “refreshed workspaces, collaboration and focus spaces, shared amenities, and other elements."

"The purpose of this is to create an energizing and dynamic workplace that represents our culture," he said in the email, which was shared with HCB News.

The modernizations are part of a pilot program for determining the future of on-site work at the 600-acre campus, which is where the company develops and manufactures X-ray and CT equipment. It also is its MR business headquarters. Among the modernized changes it will make in Waukesha are refreshed workspaces and amenities, collaboration and conferencing technology, and a conferencing hub for large meetings.

In December 2022, Arduini said that GE HealthCare was weighing potential investment plans for the Waukesha site and in September, told the Waukesha County Business Alliance that it would “reinvigorate” the campus, reported the Milwaukee Business Journal.

“The transformation and modernization of this location provide numerous economic opportunities and are a win for Waukesha County,” Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, told The Waukesha Freeman.

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