GE to Eliminate 575 American Jobs at Century-Old Locomotive Plant

 GE to Cut 575 Jobs at Century-Old Locomotive Plant

The GE plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2009.

General Electric Co. plans to end most locomotive manufacturing at a century-old Pennsylvania factory as the company looks to cut costs amid a sharp downturn in the domestic rail market.

As many as 575 jobs would be eliminated from the Erie plant through 2018 as GE shifts production for international customers to a facility in Fort Worth, Texas, said the head of the company’s transportation business. Workers in Pennsylvania were told Thursday of the proposal, which is subject to a 60-day bargaining period with union officials.

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