Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ge Closing Plant in O'hara Waning Demand from Solar Power Industry Causes 250 to Lose Jobs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ge Closing Plant in O'hara Waning Demand from Solar Power Industry Causes 250 to Lose Jobs

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The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on May 12, 2016.A local plant that General Electric is closing is in O'Hara. A story Wednesday had an incorrect location for the facility.

General Electric told workers at its O'Hara plant Tuesday that the facility is closing by the end of the year because of slack demand from the solar power industry.

About 250 workers will lose their jobs, said Tim Waldee, GE's site leader at the plant.

Another 130 who work there will either be transferred to Houston, Texas, or keep their jobs as contractors for the U.S. Navy and work at other locations in the Pittsburgh region, he said.

Houston will be the new North American headquarters of GE's Power Conversion business following closure of the Pittsburgh site, located in RIDC Park.

The Blawnox plant makes large solar inverters, which convert energy from direct current to alternating current, or vice versa. …

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