Thursday, May 1, 2003

GE eliminating 80 engine-repair jobs

The Cincinnati Enquirer

GE Engine Services plans to eliminate 80 jobs, or 13 percent of the 602 employed at five repair shops in Greater Cincinnati, by June 27.

The company notified employees Tuesday that the work, involving repair of engine components for airline customers, would be moved to GE repair shops in Terre Haute, Ind., and Singapore.

A spokesman for the unit of GE Aircraft Engines said the move was triggered by the slowdown in the airline industry, which has left the company with excess capacity. With lower work volume, he said, the company is forced to move work to lower-cost facilities. The affected employees, about 10 salaried and 70 hourly workers, are not represented by a union.

The spokesman said the company has no plans to close its Cincinnati-area engine repair shops, which play a key role in refining repair processes. The cuts are separate from GEAE's earlier announcement that it expects to cut several hundred salaried jobs worldwide by the end of June because of weaker engine sales.

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