Brookdale adding 200 jobs in Wisconsin

Operations center to get more IT, finance, real estate positions

Brookdale Senior Living plans to add about 200 jobs to its operations center near Milwaukee as it builds out its infrastructure and prepares for the acquisition of rival operator Emeritus.

Brentwood-based Brookdale is investing almost $4 million in the expansion of its offices in West Allis, Wisconsin, where it already employs more than 400 people. The company provides its services to more than 66,000 residents in 36 states and has grown its Wisconsin operation — which is its second-biggest corporate hub — from more than 120 people in 2002.

“This is good news for Wisconsin as well as the entire metro Milwaukee area,” said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. “This is yet another national company that looked at all of its options, and decided to stay and grow in Wisconsin because of the strong business climate and outstanding workforce.”

Brookdale officials said the jobs they plan to add are in information technology, finance and asset management.

"Our company has had a strong presence in the Milwaukee area for a long time and we are continuing to increase that presence," said Mark Ohlendorf, Brookdale president and chief financial officer, in a statement.

Wisconsin economic development officials are giving Brookdale jobs tax credits of up to $1 million. Those incentives require the company to add 202 jobs by the middle of 2016.

Shares of Brookdale (Ticker: BKD) are up more than 3 percent to $32.96 this afternoon. Year to date, they're up almost 20 percent.