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Tentative agreement reached to keep GE plant open

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WARREN, Ohio - Negotiations between General Electric and the local union have produced a tentative agreement that would keep the Warren plant in production rather than close it's doors in January.

General Electric announced the decision to close the plant due to the dwindling demand for incandescent lightbulbs.

The Warren facility was operating at about one third capacity. Government leaders went to bat for the local workers, including Senator Sherrod Brown who was in communication with the CEO of GE Lighting and sent her a letter stating:

"I am confident that if given the opportunity, the Ohio workers could smoothly transition towards making the next generation of energy efficient lighting products."

The local union president says that they were able to put together a proposal that would be cost effective for GE to invest in making new products in Warren.

Scott Moore, IEU-CWA Local 722 president could not release more details until the membership is informed and votes on ratification.

"Then we'll have a meeting on Saturday to explain it to everyone at 4:00 p.m. that'll be followed by the vote on Monday," Moore said.

A new agreement would also be significant for the city of Warren.

"It means approximately $360,000 annually to our general fund, 198 jobs saved," said Warren Mayor Douglas Franklin.

Franklin and Moore said there would be historical significance to not having GE leave Warren.

"It's one of the first plants that's been operating under the GE name since 1908," Moore said. "It's be nice to see it go a little longer."

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