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WARREN, Ohio - Nearly two months after announcing the Ohio Lamp Plant would be closed, General Electric reports a tentative agreement has been reached that would keep the plant open.

GE intended to close the plant because the incandescent lightbulbs produced there are in low demand, but under the new agreement, they would manufacture halogen bulbs.

Christopher Augustine, the public affairs manager at GE, said a lot of hard work was done on both sides of the table to get this agreement in place.

Valley congressman Tim Ryan responded to the agreement to keep the plant open.

"I am pleased that General Electric and the IUE-CWA have reached a tentative agreement to keep Warren's Ohio Lamp Plant open. I have been working closely with the company and the union to find a way to continue the work that is being done there,"Ryan said. "I am optimistic that we have come to a deal to which all parties can agree."

Ryan also said in a statement that he participated in the Rally for the Valley on Courthouse Square in Warren and hopes for continued investment in the U.S. manufacturing capacity

"This agreement is significant in that it keeps workers on the job and builds new products. We need to continue the fight to keep manufacturing jobs in our local communities," Ryan said.

In February, 198 workers were told the company intended to close the plant and gave the union 60 days to respond for the decision bargaining process.

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