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200 Fort Edward employees fearing for the worst as GE talks about big move

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FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – On Wednesday, GE notified its intent to move jobs out of Fort Edward to cut costs, since the decision is not final, the unions have 60 days to fight for the plant to stay, but the possibility of the plant shutting down is hitting people there hard. 

If you have ever been to Fort Edward you would know the rich history it boasts. Established in the 1800s, the town has been home to the paper industry, saw mills and other manufacturing giants.

"People love it here for the reason the schools are great the community is safe we are a waterfront community with the Hudson River here."

But with time comes change and over the year's business have moved on or began cutting back work force in this blue collar city, the latest is GE.

Wednesday's news brought word to the town of GE intent. They will move operations from their Fort Edward Plant to Florida. Saying it's a more cost effective option. However, for people like the Little family, who both husband and wife work in the plant, the news came like a punch in stomach 

"My wife is standing right here she works with me as well so we are both effected our whole household income is effected, just one day no advance warning or nothing" said Mr. Little.

With two kids almost in college, this family is already hunting for other jobs, because even though the union, that represents the 200 or so workers that will be effected, plan on fighting for the plant to stay, the Little's are preparing for the worst. 

"You have to you are crazy not to. You have to get ready you have to prepare yourself GE is GE they have a history of not turning back once they make decisions." 

Local businesses and other manufacturing companies here in Fort Edward say they understand how hard it can be to afford the cost of running a business in New York.

NEWS10 ABC did reach out to the governors office to see if they would comment about GE leaving and they declined saying they will not comment about something that is not final.

 

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