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GE to close plant in West Mifflin

About John D. Oravecz

By John D. Oravecz

Published: 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.

 

 
 


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