GE moves forward with announced plans to stop manufacturing in Salem

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) General Electric will cease its manufacturing operation in Salem as originally announced, despite efforts on behalf of company representatives and an employee union to seek alternatives.

GE officials informed employees in early June that the company intended to stop production at its Salem plant within 12 to 24 months.

According to a statement from the company sent to WDBJ7 Thursday, “GE Power concluded the 60-day decision bargaining period with the union to review alternative cost saving opportunities. Unfortunately, the alternative proposals could not meet the savings needed to offset the decline in volume at the Salem plant, requiring us to move forward with the plant closing."

GE will continue to have a presence in Salem, as more than 200 salaried workers in the company's Power, Renewable Energy and Baker Hughes units will remain employed in the city.

Approximately 265 employees are expected to lose their job when GE ceases manufacturing operations. A date for the shut down has not been announced.