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General Electric distribution center in Maugansville to close in July

June 13, 2008

The General Electric Co. distribution center at 18212 Shawley Drive in Maugansville will close its doors in July, according to a company spokeswoman.

The decision to close the plant was announced three years ago. The remaining 26 employees at the distribution center will receive full closing benefits, said Janice Aurand from the GE consumer division in Kentucky.

In 2005, GE Consumer & Industrial told employees at its lighting warehouse and distribution center in Hagerstown of a proposal to shut down the operation.

Aurand said the plan was formed following a comprehensive evaluation of the entire lighting logistics operation, including the customer base served, work processes, technological capabilities, and resource capacity.

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The relocation of work to a site in Tennessee allows GE Consumer & Industrial to streamline the operation and better serve customers through improved cost structure, efficiency, and competitiveness, Aurand said.

"The transition is nearly complete," she said.

The company has used the long notification period of nearly three years, cash benefits, early retirement options, tuition reimbursement for education and retraining, and other plans to assist the employees.

General Electric rented the building on Shawley Drive. The plant distributed GE light bulbs to the mid-Atlantic and New England states as well as to Puerto Rico and internationally.

-- Marlo Barnhart


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