TribLIVE

| Business


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

GE to close plant in West Mifflin

Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:36 p.m.
 

General Electric Co. said on Friday that it will close a power turbine repair plant in West Mifflin by the end of the year and lay off 70 workers.

The plant, known as the GE Apparatus Pittsburgh Service Center, rebuilds generator coils, steam turbine rotors and shields. It is on Buttermilk Hollow Road near the Allegheny County Airport.

“This is in no way a reflection of our employees and their hard work, but part of a long-term strategy to simplify our business, manage costs and improve the overall competitive position,” said GE spokesman Shawn Wiggins.

GE also decided to close other Power & Water plants in Houston and Chicago, Wiggins said. The company is offering affected workers a range of services and benefits, including assistance with career transition, he said.

Employees were told of the closing at a meeting this week at the West Mifflin plant.

Officers of International Union of Electrical Workers-Communications Workers of America Local 623, which represents plant workers, could not be reached.

GE said has 750 employees in the Pittsburgh area and 10,000 in the state.

John D. Oravecz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7882 or joravecz@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. Pa. unemployment rate rises to 5.8 percent
  2. Range Resources to pay $4.15M fine, close old gas drilling impoundments
  3. Chevron gets first OK from Pa. sustainable drilling group
  4. Bayer to spin off plastics unit as separate company; employment to remain stable
  5. 5 Facebook settings to change now
  6. Post-IPO, Alibaba plans global expansion
  7. Net worth in U.S. reaches record high
  8. Consol, Noble expect at least $325 million from partnership’s IPO
  9. Five things you should know about Alibaba’s leadership
  10. Home construction plunges more than 14% in August
  11. Brighter economy drives up holiday hiring plans
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.