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Siemens Fossil Power To Cut Jobs

February 17, 1999

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Siemens Fossil Power Corp. will close its facility in West Allis, Wis., by the end of the year, eliminating most of the 850 jobs based there.

The West Allis facility makes combustion turbines to turn generators at power plants and also services combustion and steam turbines. It has about 250 hourly employees and 600 salaried employees, about 100 of whom are field service personnel.

Many of the field service personnel will retain their positions after the closing, the company said, but a spokesman said the specific number hasn’t been determined.

German powerhouse Siemens AG bought Westinghouse Power Generation last summer and became Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. The company had planned a worldwide restructuring of the fossil power plant business.

In addition to West Allis, three other facilities will be closed or sold, and work at those sites will be transferred to other North American facilities. Those facilities are at Glassport, Pa.; Hobart, Ind.; and St. Catharines, Ontario. About 50 employees at each site will be affected, a spokesman said.

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