Nearly 400 Jobs Being Eliminated At Siemens In Mount Vernon

  • 2/8/2018 12:02:27 PM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

MOUNT VERNON, OH - Close to 400 employees at the Siemens Power and Gas, Power Generation Services and Dresser-Rand businesses will be affected by the company's decision to close its Mount Vernon plant.

Changes in the power-generation industry, including gas turbines which the Mount Vernon plant manufactures, as well as reducing costs, prompted the shutdown, with reductions expected to occur in several phases over the next year.

About 40 percent of the employees in Mount Vernon will be offered opportunities to work in other Siemens locations.

In a statement, a Siemens spokesperson said:

"The reductions will occur in multiple phases over the next year and affect employees from Siemens’ Power and Gas, Power Generation Services, and Dresser-Rand businesses, as well as some corporate functions This difficult decision was made as part of a necessary step to enable Siemens to meet the competitive pressures in the global energy market by reducing costs and best serving our customers.

As we move forward in this process, it is our highest priority to assist employees in this transition.  Siemens anticipates the workforce reductions and site closure will affect approximately 400 employees in total and about 40% of those affected will be provided with the option to relocate to another Siemens facility. Siemens will also help to identify opportunities at other companies in the area and provide the highest level of support to those affected by offering severance packages and career counseling services. We thank them for their continued hard work, dedicated service, and professionalism."

Last November, Siemens announced its intentions to reduce its global workforce by 9,600 positions, with half being made in Germany, the home base of Siemens.

Mount Vernon employees were informed of the decision at a late-Tuesday morning meeting.

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