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GE moving forward with plans to shutter Waukesha plant

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — GE Power & Water says it’s moving forward with plans announced last month to stop manufacturing gas engines in Waukesha and move the work to Canada.

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow hoped the company ultimately would decide to stay, but he tells WTMJ-TV that he realized it wasn’t in the cards after a meeting between GE officials and local leaders Monday.

Farrow says the company plans to be fully moved in to its new $265 million plant in Canada within the next three years. He says the timeline is between 18 and 32 months.

Local officials are now shifting their focus to finding new jobs for the 350 employees who will be affected by the GE plant’s closure.

Farrow says some other companies already have inquired about GE’s skilled workforce.

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