General Electric shutting East Houston manufacturing operations

JORDAN BLUM | September 12, 2016

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General Electric said Monday that it would shut down its turbine manufacturing operations at its East Houston complex in Channelview and cut an undetermined number of jobs.GE said it will keep the plant open to house a unit that services turbines, and maintain some office jobs for engineering and projects operations. About 500 people work at the facility, according to the most recent estimates, but GE declined to disclose how many worked specifically for the manufacturing operations. GE officials said some of the workers could be transferred to other plants, but again declined to provide numbers.GE sends its gas turbines to the Channelview plant, where they’re built into packaging as part of the manufacturing process.GE officials said the  extended downturn in the energy industry has hurt demand for the small turbines and generators used by the oil and gas industry for exploration and production. This is not the first time GE has cut jobs at the the plant; last year, GE said it would cut its Channelview workforce by about 100 jobs, shrinking the workforce to 500 from 600.

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