GE Appliances plans to eliminate 160 jobs from its Bloomington plant.
The GE plant had been slated for closure in 2010, but instead the company decided to invest $93 million and create 200 jobs so the site could specialize in side-by-side refrigerators.
GE officials say demand for its side-by-side refrigerators has fallen by more than 30 percent since its investment decision.
“We are the last manufacturer still producing side-by-side refrigerators in the U.S. for the mass market which tells you how incredibly competitive the side-by-side product category is today,” Bloomington Plant Operations manager Frank Scheffel said in a statement. “The reduced manufacturing schedule we have been operating under the last few years is not sustainable. We had to make some hard decisions to keep the remaining jobs and create an environment that will allow us to compete.”
Bloomington Director of Economic and Sustainable Development Danise Alano-Martin says she is confident the overall economic market in Bloomington is still strong.
“I still believe in the talent and the knowledge of our workforce, so I’m hopeful that we can help them be placed in jobs here in the area,” she said.
Telecommunications company Smithville also recently announced it is cutting 45 full-time employees in Ellettsville due in part because consumers are using fewer landline telephones.