WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to GE-Savant CEO Robert Madonna asking the company to work with the city of Bucyrus and IUE-CWA Local 84704 to keep jobs and high-efficiency lighting production in Bucyrus.

“The GE-Savant lighting plant has been in the Bucyrus community for over 60 years – providing good-paying, middle-class jobs in this close-knit rural community. Given the talent of Ohio workers, I’m confident that production can remain in Bucyrus rather than being sent overseas. Your company has a long and proud history as an American success story, and it is in everyone’s interest to continue that tradition with production in places like Bucyrus, Ohio,” wrote Brown.

In January, a WARN notice was sent to Bucyrus officials alerting them of the company’s plans to send production overseas and lay off 81 local workers. Brown is supporting efforts by local officials and the union to encourage GE-Savant to commission a joint labor-management study to keep these jobs in the Bucyrus community.

In 2010, Brown visited the then-GE Lamp plant in Bucyrus after the plant received a $19.8 million tax credit, funded through the Recovery Act’s Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit (“48C”) program, to retool for clean energy manufacturing, a program which Brown supported and worked to expand.

Brown’s full letter can be found HERE and below:

Dear Mr. Madonna,

For over a century, GE Lighting has called Ohio home.  Together, Ohio and GE Lighting have been at the center of the story of our nation’s industrial growth and development.  GE Lighting’s Ohio workforce has been integral to the company’s success.  And today, as a new generation of high-efficiency lighting is being developed, GE-Savant Lighting has the chance to support domestic innovation and high-quality, good-paying manufacturing jobs in Ohio.

That is why I urge you to partner with the City of Bucyrus and IUE-CWA Local 84704 on a joint labor-management study of how best to keep the production of the A-19 LED light bulb line at the GE-Savant Lighting plant in Bucyrus.

The GE-Savant lighting plant has been in the Bucyrus community for over 60 years – providing good-paying, middle-class jobs in this close-knit rural community. Given the talent of Ohio workers, I’m confident that production can remain in Bucyrus rather than being sent overseas. Your company has a long and proud history as an American success story, and it is in everyone’s interest to continue that tradition with production in places like Bucyrus, Ohio.

With these points in mind, I ask that you work with the City of Bucyrus and the IUE-CWA Local 84704 on the proposed joint labor-management study.

I stand ready to work with GE-Savant Lighting, IUE-CWA Local 84704, and the City of Bucyrus to support domestic innovation and manufacturing. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

     Respectfully,

Sherrod Brown

United States Senator

 

 

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