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Sixty Employees Laid Off from Chicopee Company

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Sixty employees have been laid off from a Chicopee manufacturer as part of a “streamlining process.”

Siemens Energy, the parent company for TurboCare on Westover Road, announced Friday that they are consolidating their Manchester, Conn. facility with their headquarters and manufacturing facility in Chicopee.

The restructuring, which is also ongoing in other Siemens businesses, is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and will result in the permanent shutdown of the Manchester site.

The combination of facilities is being done “in order to adapt to changing market demands in the power generation industry,” according to Siemens Energy spokesperson Melanie Forbrick.

“The uncertainty surrounding the Federal Clean Air regulations, as well as the related high costs associated with retrofitting the aging coal-fired power generation fleet has resulted in a steep decline in new orders. We have worked very hard to manage the consequences of the market conditions, all of which are beyond our control and are affecting the entire industry,” adds Forbrick.

All effected TurboCare employees, both from the Chicopee and Manchester sites, are being offered “a comprehensive package, which includes severance pay for permanent employees with at least six months of service, benefits continuation, outplacement services and educational assistance,” Forbrick notes.

“While decisions that impact employees and communities are always extremely difficult, this business decision was necessary to properly size the business in response to the market conditions,” she says.

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