Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wellsville: Dresser-Rand/Siemens to cut workforce - Daily Reporter

This is a story from John Anderson, Regional Editor, Wellsville Daily Reporter 
 WELLSVILLE — Dresser-Rand in Wellsville will reduce the current workforce by 60 employees by Sept. 30, The Daily Reporter has learned.
A Siemens Government Technologies spokesman said, “Current business volume and projected orders for the Wellsville operation do not support current manpower levels at this location. To align our workforce with our anticipated workload, the Wellsville operation will need to implement a workforce reduction of approximately 60 employees between now and Sept. 30.”
As of June 1, Wellsville’s Dresser-Rand had 527 employees.
On June 10, Jim Lewis, president of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1580, said there were 290 union members on the active workforce. Also, there were 16 employees laid off at that time.
The Siemens spokesman said, “Employees have known about challenging marketplace conditions for some time, and they have worked diligently and with the utmost professionalism toward making the plant competitive. We thank them for their dedication and years of service here.”
Siemens officials also said the local leadership of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was made aware of the 60 layoffs and their statements made to the newspaper prior to the release.
As for the employees, the Siemens official said, “There are no immediate plans (to hire them back). We are always looking at the business environment and we make decisions based on that environment. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I couldn’t say there are plans for that in the future. We are constantly assessing the business climate.”