GE engine plant in Waukesha to shut down in 2019, putting 236 employees out of work

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 12:53:32-04

WAUKESHA -- GE Distributed Power Inc. has announced they will be closing their Waukesha plant by summer of 2019.

The Milwaukee Business Journal reports this will result in 236 workers losing their job.

According to the company's layoff notice to state of Wisconsin officials, the first layoff phase is set to begin August 31 and will continue until April 30, 2019.

This announcement comes the same week General Electric Co. announced an agreement to sell GE Distributed Power, the business unit that makes Jenbacher and Waukesha gas engines used to generate electricity in isolated areas.

GE has been planning on closing the Waukesha plant and move production to Canada since 2015. 

GE has been changing drastically under new CEO John Flannery who wants the Boston-based company to focus strictly on three business units - aviation, energy and health care - as well as sell off $20 billion in assets.

The shutdown affects 31 salaried workers and 205 hourly positions.