GE closing could hurt Bloomington nonprofits

January 22, 2008

If General Electric Co. follows through on its plan to close its Bloomington refrigerator plant, local not-for-profits are likely to feel pain.

Employees at the sprawling facility donated $54,000 and the company gave $21,500 last year to the Monroe County United Way. That made GE the second-largest work place contributor, according to The Herald-Times of Bloomington.

GE has committed $21,500 a year through 2009; the plant is expected to close by the end of 2009.

When GE announced the closing Thursday, it said the decision was forced by ongoing losses at the site. However, the company said the plant might remain open if workers could find a way to make it profitable.

About 900 workers are expected to lose their jobs.

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