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GE plans to turn out lights

Union to fight closing of Ohio Lamp

January 25, 2013

WARREN — Blaming the plant’s declining volume and the shift of customer demand to more efficient bulbs made elsewhere, General Electric officials on Thursday announced plans to close Warren’s Ohio......

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Jan-25-13 3:05 AM

Just as always in Warren, hitting us when we are down. Nobody pays a living wage in warren anymore. I guess it really is time to leave the area unless you wanna work for the glunt sweat shop or packard or gm where they pay 1/3 of the old wages and no benefits.

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Jan-25-13 4:38 AM

the price of everything just keeps going up and up and up. My pay doesn't. Funny how that is... isn't it???

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Jan-25-13 4:43 AM

Did they forget Trumbull Lamp? Wasn't that hundreds of jobs?

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Jan-25-13 5:43 AM

Have you ever driven by that plant on Dana Street? I believe they made Packard cars there before GE bought it. Soon to be just another industrial contaminated abandoned building for the copper thieves to strip like the old Trumbull Lamp building on West Market Street. How sad for these workers and their families.

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Jan-25-13 6:00 AM

customer demands for more efficent bulbs that bull I dont know anyone who likes those new corkscrew bulbs. Now we will just buy our old screw in bulbs from China like we do everything else we don't allow to be made here. Lets call a spade a spade its government interference once again that has cost jobs not created them.

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Jan-25-13 6:25 AM

Both parties are to blame. I watched the voting on cspan when they wanted to change the light bulb laws back to what they were. Most Dems and about a third of Reps voted to go with the new bulbs.

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Jan-25-13 6:37 AM

This is very sad!!

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Jan-25-13 6:41 AM

Delphi is already a sweat shop, they hire people already getting welfare benefits so that the gov. can pay for the health care because the make below poverty wages, and the union lets them do it.

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Jan-25-13 6:43 AM

I agree, people are miserable at delphi, low wages and no benefits.

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Jan-25-13 6:51 AM

And the city has known about this for years.....the writing has been on the wall.

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Jan-25-13 6:57 AM

It is sad but it's every bite the companies fault than anything else. With technological break through comes change. Upgrading current manufacturing facilities create a wave for the future. GE did not even make an effort here. Those new bulbs that cost these folks their jobs are for the most part made in China, like everything else. Imports have killed the local industry and severely crippled this once vibrant country.

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Jan-25-13 7:40 AM

Bejing gets our business once again. Terrible!!!!

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Jan-25-13 7:43 AM

Hey, where is Rose DeLeon? Isn't she the Port Authority's "Bring jobs to the valley" person? Once again, where is Tim Ryan? Couldn't find him when WCI Steel was going down. Where's our go-getting governor, who is all about jobs?

Did anyone locally even have the brains to put one-and-one together and say 1.) old facility plus outdated product = plant closure/layoffs?

Our politicians like to cut the ribbon when some new lame *** NAMII or whatever institute might open. But where are they when the plants close? Between Parker, Ohio Lamp and WCI are looking at 1400 jobs lost. Nice job.

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Jan-25-13 8:35 AM

Jeffery Immelt CEO of GE and Obama's job czar..The Warren employees watched as GE eliminated every plant in Mahoning and Trumbull county. Two Union plants in Youngstown, Two Union plants in Niles and Two Union plants in Warren,OH.

It is another sad day in Warren, OH.


Maybe the Vindy will do a story on this plant,

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Jan-25-13 8:54 AM

Our own government may be responsible for ending the life of the products being built in the local GE plants but what is the reason that none of the plants could secure a new product to backfill?

If it is GE's strategy to move all manufacturing overseas, then obama should fire his hypocrite Jobs Czar and replace him with someone who believes in the American worker.

Jeff Imelt is sure no Jack Welsh and GE in our area is dieing proof of that.

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Jan-25-13 9:16 AM

Our government lets these corporations eliminate American jobs and make MEGA PROFITS and the expense of our own. They pay no taxes but yet are allowed to sell their products in America. Its not just GE that's putting the screws to us. It's all for the love of money and nothing else matters .........

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Jan-25-13 9:19 AM

Sad day for the people that have worked there for years.

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Jan-25-13 9:26 AM

When Obama made Immelt, obama's Council of Jobs,previous to the election-they both praised American Jobs.

Then after the Election on Dec 11, 2012. Immelt appeared on Bloomberg TV and praised the Chinese economic system of state-run Communism.

Guys like Immelt and Obama for that matter are drooling at the possibility of an America run like the Chinese Communist.

Even GM's Dan Ackerson said GM's future is in China.

Neither GM or GE pay corporate taxes And Warren Buffet, Obama's other Billion friend is demanding millions of dollars from the Treasury--Yes, Warren Buffet is fighting over paying taxes.

There is no free lunch, not forever, Where are the American's? Who is standing up for America?

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Jan-25-13 9:30 AM

What exactly is considered low wages? To be competitive a company can only pay so much to the workers. Let me ask, do you make sure you only buy American made products? Then you are contributing to the problem by buying the competitor's products. We all shop for the best deal and that is what we buy, we pay no attention to where it's made or who makes it. Most of the companies mentioned on this list are those that had high paying union jobs that costs the company huge amounts of cash. They simply cannot stay competitive. And, before someone jumps on the "billions of profit" come-back; that is why these groups are in business, to make money. The Democrats forced the incandescent bulb out and Ohio Lamp with it. The building is simply too old and the cost too high to re-tool. It's common sense.

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Jan-25-13 10:16 AM

More jobs sacrificed on altar of environmental fascist dogma. Thomas Edison's inexpensive, reliable incandescent technology has been outlawed on the basis of a myth. THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY SHORTAGE IN AMERICA! Free Americans, buying and using incandescent light bulbs, are not going to cause massive blackouts in the foreseeable future!

We don't need our federal overlords mandating to us what types of light bulbs we must buy. We are citizens, not subjects.

I'll continue to use safe, cheap, dependable Edison bulbs, even if i have to buy them on the black market.

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Jan-25-13 10:20 AM

The Congress of the United States is to blame. Their short sightedness in pushing for the end of the incandescent bulb cost good American jobs. Where is Ryan? let us hear his opinion!

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Jan-25-13 10:26 AM

"Where is Ryan? let us hear his opinion!"

You'll find him at the Phillips Manufacturing Plant in Niles, but not at the Niles electric plant.

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Jan-25-13 11:05 AM

GE in warren is making a profit! They are closing because of the greed of the owners -they make more money in China! We need to refuse to buy lighting from China. Who knows what kind of poison China is selling us. There is no financial reason to close the Warren plant it is the top producer in the world and has always been due to dedicated hard workers who are all going to be thrown away like they never mattered. This is so sad I can't put into words. I really hope America wakes up and is able to step up and refuse lighting from China.

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Jan-25-13 11:36 AM

Goes to show that ALL the profits made there were never reinvested in that plant. They took that money overseas to build new plants for the chinese. To the employees I would start looking for new employment, if there are out there.

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Jan-25-13 11:51 AM

Anyone in manufacturing in America should have been prepared over the last 20 years at any time for their facility to close. The GE employees made a good buck, hopefully they saved and have a bit of a nest egg. These days companies can't be trusted to keep jobs in America.

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