General Electric plant in Waynesboro to close its doors

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Waynesboro, GA (WJBF)- A major Burke County employer is closing its doors for good, sloughing off some 200 jobs and employees in the process.

Earlier today, NewsChannel 6 was able to confirm through Mayor Greg Carswell that the GE Grid Solutions plant in Waynesboro is closing and possibly laying off the majority of its employees, as a result.

A spokesperson from General Electric tells WJBF that the Waynesboro plant will moving its operations to another facility in Pennsylvania making a similar product, this one in Charleroi (pronounced “shar-luh-roy”), roughly 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The move is so that General Electric can consolidate certain manufacturing operations into one location.

Employees at the Waynesboro plant will be given severance packages and, according to Lisa Bushka, the spokesperson for GE, they will have “the opportunity to relocate to the Pennsylvania site.”

Bushka told WJBF that the company is also “encouraging impacted employees to apply for other opportunities within GE.”

NewsChannel 6 spoke with a representative of General Electric this afternoon, and they forwarded the following statement about the closure: ““Based on the current competitive market conditions, GE Renewable Energy has made the difficult decision to combine our US High Voltage Switchgear (HVS) manufacturing into one U.S. location in Pennsylvania.  This decision will result in closure of our Waynesboro manufacturing plant toward the end of 2020.  This is a difficult decision that does not reflect on our employee’s performance, dedication, and hard work.  GE will be providing a comprehensive severance package to employees, including transition support to new employment.”

GE plans to have the site closed by December 2020 with the building up for sale some time within the 2nd Quarter of 2021.

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