SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric says it plans to lay off up to 200 salaried employees at its Schenectady-based Power & Water Division by the end of this year.
GE officials say company is eliminating the white-collar positions to remain competitive.
GE spokesman Shaun Wiggins tells NEWS10 ABC, "In order to retain our competitiveness in this challenging, dynamic industry, we're looking at ways to reduce cost across the global Power & Water business. There will be some reductions in jobs between now and the end of the year, but it will be minimized and targeted, impacting less than 2% of our total workforce globally."
Wiggins says they have already identified who will be laid off and notices have started going out.
Schenectady is home to a GE steam turbine and generator plant, which employs 1,500 hourly workers. Company officials say the layoffs don't include those workers.
Tuesday's announcement came nearly two weeks after GE said it would close its manufacturing plant in Fort Edward. GE says those operations will be moved to Florida because the Fort Edward plant isn't competitive. The plant employs about 200 workers.