Pittsfield’s GE subsidiary lays off 30 workers

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 10, 2008, at 11:11 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — General Electric Infrastructure Security laid off 30 employees this week, citing a reduction in orders.

Headquartered in Bradenton, Fla., the company is a subsidiary of General Electric Co., which has a work force in the U.S. and 30 countries of 106,000 and reported sales of $57.9 billion in 2007.

General Electric Infrastructure Security makes a variety of products, including the fire alarm systems constructed in Pittsfield.

Company spokeswoman Joyce Robinson said 30 of the company’s 480 Pittsfield employees were let go “due to a reduction in orders. This is a very anxious time in our country. It was an unpleasant but prudent business decision.”

Robinson said all of the employees were temporary workers hired through the ADDECO employment agency and that there are no plans for future work force reductions at this time.

All affected employees worked in the Main Street factory in Pittsfield. No one was laid off at the company’s state-of-the-art sound laboratory on Hunnewell Avenue.

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