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GE Announces Tube Plant Closing; 790 Jobs Cut

November 11, 1986 GMT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ General Electric Co. said Tuesday it will close its color television tube manufacturing plant in July 1987, eliminating 790 jobs. The shutdown of the Cathode Ray Tube Operations will eliminate 655 hourly and 135 salaried jobs in Syracuse. GE officials said the tube division can no longer compete in the highly price-sensitive market.

″Our relatively small production volume made it difficult for our operation to compete effectively,″ Ronald M. Hughes, the division’s manager, said in a prepared statement.

GE also said demand for color television has not kept pace with increased worldwide competition, especially from Japan and South Korea.

The shutdown will not directly affect employment levels at GE’s other Syracuse operations, where GE employs about 7,000 people, spokeswoman Connie Grasso said.

However, tube division employees with high seniority will be able to bump or replace workers in other General Electric operations.

Cathode ray tubes are used in television sets to convert electrical signals to color images.

The Syracuse layoffs come on the heels of the layoffs of 825 workers at GE’s medium-sized motor manufacturing operation in Schenectady, located about 120 miles east of Syracuse. Those layoffs, to be started in six to eight months, brings to more than 4,000 the number of GE job cuts in Schenectady announced this year.