GE Energy spokesman Bryan McGuire said Monday, Nov. 17, that a continuing downturn in demand for products manufactured at the Slater facility has led to the extension of a program of voluntary cutbacks.
Employees were asked in early September to consider voluntary cutbacks, "considering their own personal circumstances," in a program that ended Monday.
The program has now been extended into early January, McGuire said. It was announced to employees at the Slater location on Monday.
As before, he said, "the information was well-received by employees."
McGuire said that demand levels for products made in Slater have not increased to normal levels following the expected seasonal downturn in early fall.
"We were hoping demand would come back," he said, "... but it hasn't."
That leaves the Slater facility with about 45 employees more than are needed for production.
McGuire said extending the program into January will give GE time to work on a solution to address a continued lack of demand, and that another meeting will be held in January.
The Slater facility manufactures air pollution flash filtration bags, cages and accessories. These products are typically used at large factories, such as cement plants, to control emissions.