Bonham GE plant to close

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

BONHAM, Tex. – Officials at the GE Zenith Controls Plant in Bonham announced Thursday they will be closing their doors, leaving more than thirty hourly employees jobless.

Plant officials say informing their employees of the plant closure is one of the hardest things they've ever had to do, but all say it’s a move that had to be made to improve over cost effectiveness.

The employees learned of the closing Thursday morning. Officials say the plant’s transient voltage surge suppressor assembly operation and stocking location for their UPS systems will be moved to plants with more operating space.

Overall, 34 hourly employees will be affected by the move, but officials add that the decision to close the plant had nothing to do with their performance. It was to better utilize existing GE facilities.

Plant manager Jim Flemming said employees will have the opportunity to generate ideas and alternatives to the plant closure, all of which will be evaluated by the company.

Even so, officials say Thursday has been a difficult day.

"It’s a difficult message to hear and they have to understand it’s a purely business decision, and it’s not a reflection on these people." said Flemming.

Again, plant officials say a wide range of benefits will be available for eligible employees. Operations will begin to be moved within the next three months with the plant closing by March of 2008.

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  • by LB Location: Sherman on Nov 20, 2010 at 08:02 PM
    Right or Wrong company's have been moving operations over seas because it's cheaper to run them there. Sometimes it's because of all the regulation and fees here, sometimes it's availability of cheap resources, sometimes it's out and out greed, and often it's to keep putting products on the market that are as cheap as what we Americans are used to. So there you have it: It is a mixture of both keeping prices low and outright greed. HOWEVER, this is not what GE has done. GE is simply doing this to save money because either they are losing it, which I kinda doubt, or GE is going to spend it somewhere else. Liquidating one asset to invest in another.
  • by L Location: Bonham on Aug 10, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    Let's see hmm...The questions of the day. Are we in a resession? Are some just getting to greedy for their own selfish gains? Why are the majority of gas station in Bonham/Fannin county so much higher than other towns? Gee Melissa TX has gas for $2.59 last week. What's up with that? Greed! Now another company moving away. I don't cast blame on our Mayor it's all corporate and that's where the blame should be. We have an excellant Mayor. So now we will have families suffering again and also our community as a whole. Let's pray for us all!
  • by Citizen Location: Bonham TX on Aug 10, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    Totally unfair to cast blame at Bonham City Mayor. Need to look further,than to an unpaid local official, to find problem!!
  • by JM Location: Commerce on Aug 10, 2007 at 09:16 AM
    These higher companies could care less about us folks that work hard for our job. They will get a nice settlement, but not the rest of the employees. What is going on with the US. They are closing all of our jobs and sending them over seas. What in the hell is up with that. And the public wants to know what is up with the crime rate. I guess we Americans might have to go and live in China just to be able to have a job. I believe that they have shut down several of our jobs and sent the work over seas. I wish all of the higher up people had to live on we make an hour. There is no way in hell that they would. My heart goes out to these families that have been told. I'm not talking about the plant officials either. They don't have anything to worry about.
  • by Casi Location: Ector on Aug 10, 2007 at 07:11 AM
    As a former J&J employee, this sounds all too familiar. Corporate greed overrules corporate responsibility to dedicated employees. Some one-foot-in-the-grave GE board member needs a new jet for his latest mistress.
  • by Fannin Couty Location: Bonham Tx on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    Yet another round of applause to the Bonham City Mayor, job well done. Wonder which business is NEXT???????
  • by anonymous Location: oklahoma on Aug 9, 2007 at 04:14 PM
    Wonder if they are moving "the operation" to plants outside the USA. Yet another reason to choose carefully what you purchase. I guess the Chinese will find a new way to poison or potentially harm us through electronics now....
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