GE Mebane layoffs 11 employees

GE Mebane will lay off 11 employees effective Nov. 9, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

The layoffs are due to ongoing low order volume, said GE Mebane’s Human Resources Manager Billy Futch.

“We pulled all the levers we could with temporary time outs, what we call voluntary time-outs,” Futch said. The total number of employee positions reduced will be 14, but several of those will come through early retirement and “natural attrition.”

The plant manufactures products used to distribute, protect and control electrical power and equipment and supplies products and service for commercial, industrial, residential and utility applications. It also recently began manufacturing charging stations for the electric powered Chevrolet Volt, but because few of those cars are yet on the road, demand hasn’t risen to what the company hopes is the future of personal transportation, Futch said Wednesday.

“We anticipate this (low volume) will turn around soon,” Futch said.

The Mebane plant employs about 300 people and has been forced to lay off scores of employees since the recession began in 2007. The plant cut more than 160 jobs in 2009.

The plant once employed as many as 750 people and has been in operation since 1972.

Source: Times News