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Two Monroe County employers lay off 205 workers

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Two Bloomington-area employers have announced layoffs, with more than 200 workers losing their jobs.

GE Appliances said Monday it will eliminate 160 jobs from its Bloomington plant because demand for its side-by-side refrigerators has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2010.

GE forecasts about 35 percent of the cuts will come from employees taking early retirement. Laid-off employees' last day will be Oct. 31. The move will leave GE with 364 employees at the Bloomington plant.

The Herald-Times also reports that Ellettsville telecommunications company Smithville is cutting 45 full-time employees in part because consumers are using fewer landline telephones. The company, which serves 23,000 customers in southern and central Indiana, has about 145 workers.

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  • Smithville costs themselves
    Smithville Communications (whom I used to be a customer of) essentially priced themselves out of competition. There are alternatives to their landlines that are much more reasonable. They have been operating in a monopoly here in Ellettsville for their total existence. Now they finally have competition for phone/internet that is much less expensive. I myself saved over $70 a month once other options finally were available. I would really rather use them but they are NOT flexible in their offerings at all. Their stance with me was take it or leave it. So I left it.

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