GE partially eliminating 3rd shift at local plants

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By Shane Farley
January 24, 2013 - 12:55:52 pm

General Electric Engine Services - which operates facilities in Winfield and at Strother Field - will undergo a partial elimination of third-shift production in an effort to operate more efficiently, company officials said Thursday.

Plant manager Cristina Seda-Hoelle said no jobs would be cut as a result of the change, which will take place March 4.

We will maintain third shift in the areas where we need the capacity, she said.

The realignment effort is being announced to employees this week.

GE has 115 people working third shift at the moment and plans to reduce that number to about 20. Seniority will help to determine which employees stay on the overnight shift.

The remaining employees affected will move to first and second shifts. Two shifts with increased support staff is expected to improve efficiency.

She said the changes should not be seen as a sign that work coming into GEs Cowley County operations is declining.

No not at all, Seda-Holle said. If anything, production is growing. We just think this is the best use of our resources.

General Electric Engine Services repairs and maintains engines used in government and commercial aircraft.

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