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GE says it intends to close Warren and Ravenna plants

WARREN, Ohio- Bad news for two General Electric plants in Northeast Ohio. The company says it intends to shutdown its facilities in Ravenna and Warren by next year.

The company says it's all about supply and demand and the dwindling use of incandescent lightbulbs is having a direct impact on product production volume.

198 workers are told the company intend to close the plant and the union has 60 days to respond for the decision bargaining process.

"It was mostly shocking, I mean we knew at some point this was coming," Scott Moore said, IUE-CWA Local 722 president.

The company says it's reviewed the numbers as it tries stay viable in a competitive market.

"We have reviewed pretty thoroughly our operation and a look forward at volumes and demands for the products that the site makes, so I can't tell you that it will be a simple task in terms of our local union to offer alternatives," George Lopuchovsky, Warren plant manager.

In the meantime, the city is offering its support for retaining jobs.

"The total plant is in Warren, so it's going to hit our income tax revenue, we'll have to manage that, but hopefully this process will produce some fruit," William Franklin said, Warren mayor.

A meeting between the union and company is set to take place Monday.

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