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GE Announces Cuts In Schenectady

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34 workers in Schenectady are losing their jobs as General Electric has announced it will stop manufacturing a high-tech battery.

GE announced Friday it is ceasing manufacturing and engineering operations for its Durathon battery in Schenectady.

In a statement, the company says “The energy storage industry continues to evolve, and though Durathon battery technology is well-suited for certain applications, today it is just not cost-effective enough to manufacture at a competitive price point compared to other battery technologies”.

The company says 34 salaried positions will be eliminated and 45 hourly employees will have the option to transfer to the company’s steam turbine and generator manufacturing operation.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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