December 12, 2018
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General Electric laying off 200 workers at turbine plant

John Minchillo | AP
John Minchillo | AP
The General Electric logo is displayed at the top of their Global Operations Center in the Banks development of downtown Cincinnati.

General Electric says it’s laying off 200 hourly workers at its upstate New York plant that produces steam turbines for the company’s power unit, but the layoffs will not affect a plant in Bangor.

Boston-based GE announced Tuesday that the layoffs include unionized manufacturing and assembly employees at its facilities in Schenectady, where Thomas Edison co-founded the company in 1892. Another 25 unfilled jobs will be eliminated.

GE Power unit spokesman Christopher Shigas says the layoffs come after a 45 percent drop in volume at the plant.

While the Schenectady and Bangor plants often work in tandem, a GE Power spokesperson said Tuesday’s announcement has no effect on Bangor.

“Schenectady and Bangor are connected to one another and part of the same value stream, but there are different dynamics that drive their volume,” the spokesperson said.

The Times Union of Albany reports GE employs about 4,000 workers at GE Power and other units in Schenectady. The company employs another 1,500 at GE’s main research lab in the neighboring town of Niskayuna.

GE laid off 130 hourly workers at the Schenectady plant and Niskayuna facility in January.

BDN writer Lori Valigra contributed to this report.

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