GE Aviation cuts jobs in Cascade Township

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In this Tuesday, April 19, 2011 photo the General Electric logo is seen on a sign at the entrance to the jet engine manufacturing plant in Lynn, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens of workers in Kent County are losing their jobs as GE Aviation trims its workforce.

A spokesman said Thursday that the company was immediately laying off 74 engineers at the Cascade Township facility. He said the majority of the cuts are to the avionics department.

GE Aviation manufactures engines for jets and turboprops as well as avionics, electrical and mechanical systems for aircraft, according to the company’s website.

Company spokesman Richard Gorham said the cuts were part of restructuring efforts by the company. He blamed the economy for the changes.

In a Thursday evening statement, a GE spokesperson said that the company “regret(s) having to take this action, but it is a result of the current business conditions.” GE said it was providing severance benefits and employee assistance to those who are being laid off.

The news comes about four months after GE Aviation subsidiary Johnson Technology, Inc. announced it was expanding its Norton Shores warehouse, creating 100 jobs.

GE Aviation is located at 3290 Patterson Ave. SE.

The full statement from GE:

“To remain competitive, we continually review our organizational needs and adjust reflect current economic and market conditions whenever necessary. Due to market realities impacting our Avionics business sector, on January 19 we notified employees of a reduction of 74 engineering positons within our Avionics business in Grand Rapids. We regret having to take this action, but it is a result of the current business conditions. We are providing severance benefits and employee assistance to those impacted and helping them to find alternative employment.”