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GE announces closure of Fort Edward facility

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FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – GE Energy Management announced Thursday its decision to close its Fort Edward manufacturing facility.

Union officials with UE Local 332 announced Sunday afternoon that an agreement has not been reached with General Electric to save the company's factory in Fort Edward.

GE Energy Management informed its employees Thursday of its decision to close the Fort Edward facility and move manufacturing operations to an existing manufacturing site in Clearwater, Florida. The closure will occur no sooner than September 2014.

The decision was made after completing the 60-day decision bargaining period and carefully considering the union's proposal. UE Local 332 said it offered to cut jobs by 10 percent and to modernize equipment at the Fort Edward plant. GE officials said the proposal submitted by the union fell well short of the savings and efficiencies that would be generated by the proposed move.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

"GE's decision is disappointing. The Fort Edward plant's loyal workforce deserved deeper consideration of their reasonable offer. Now, it is incumbent on GE to bend over backwards to offer positions in its nearby operations to these workers who have performed so ably for GE. We will continue to work with those workers and their representatives."

Local 332 says it is now discussions with the UE national union to develop a comprehensive plan tocontinue the fight to convince GE to reverse its decision and keep the Ft. Edward plant. "This fight is far from over," says Scott Gates, the local union president.

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