MILWAUKEE (WRN) - The new owner of Midwest Airlines plans to move hundreds of jobs to Milwaukee. The Journal Sentinel says Republic Airways will consolidate in and around Mitchell International Airport, by moving operations from other cities – possibly Denver and Las Cruces New Mexico. Governor Jim Doyle was planning to announce the move over the lunch hour at a meeting of the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce. And the governor’s office said it would not comment until then. The Journal Sentinel said Republic’s CEO may have telegraphed the move as early as the week before Labor Day. Bryan Bedford told the paper it was thinking about moving 250 maintenance and other Republic jobs from Denver, as well as 150 workers at a customer service center in New Mexico. He said the Midwest offices in Oak Creek and its maintenance hangar at Mitchell have lots of available space. Midwest had about 800 employees in Metro Milwaukee, until Republic phased out Midwest’s Boeing 717 jets a few weeks ago. They were replaced by jets with Republic’s existing flight crews.
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