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Plant consolidation will bring jobs

May 16, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The closing of a GS Electric plant in Carlisle, Pa., will bring more jobs to the company's plant in Chambersburg, according to a company official.

GS Electric is consolidating operations from the Carlisle plant to the Chambersburg facility, according to Tina Betlejewski, a spokeswoman for SPX Corp. of Muskegon, Mich., GS Electric's parent corporation. She said production at the Carlisle plant is scheduled to end by July 1.

The number of jobs that will be added in Chambersburg won't be known until the consolidation is completed, she said. Modifications will have to be made to the Chambersburg plant to accommodate machinery from Carlisle, but she said there is excess floor space in the plant and changes will be minimal.

Betlejewski said 185 workers at the Carlisle plant will be affected by the consolidation. She said product lines will be moved to Chambersburg and Carlisle employees will be offered the option of transferring here.

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GS Electric makes small electric motors for household appliances, exercise machines and other devices, Betlejewski said. "They make the same type of motors, as well, but they differ according to the customer," she said about the product lines at the Carlisle plant.

The plant in Chambersburg opened in 1993 and employs more than 300 people, she said. The consolidation will reduce the number of GS Electric plants to two, including one in Hudson, Wis., Betlejewski said.

Betlejewski said SPX Corp. wants the Carlisle workers to accept the transfer offer. "That's our hope, that most of the people will choose to make the drive and transfer their skills down there," she said.

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