GE to cut 575 jobs at PA plant, move work to Texas

ERIE (AP) — GE Transportation plans to end most locomotive production at its century-old plant in northwestern Pennsylvania, eliminating about 575 jobs. reports the work is being transferred by the end of 2018 to Fort Worth, Texas, where workers aren’t union members.

The Lawrence Park Township plant, just outside Erie, currently employs more than 2,500 workers. Locomotive prototypes will still be produced there.

Richard Simpson, a GE Transportation executive, says the company has to put work at its most competitive location, which doesn’t include Erie.

He says about 225 workers at the Fort Worth plant will be recalled and as many as 200 other jobs will be created elsewhere.

Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott says he’s disappointed.

A message seeking comment from the union representing the Erie workers wasn’t immediately returned.