A dip in cargo traffic has caused GE Aviation to close its
engine repair and test facility at Los Angeles/Ontario
International Airport by the end of the year. 18 people had been
employed at the shop.
Twelve of those walked away from the plant for the last time
last Friday. The facility performed post-overhaul and repair engine
testing before the engines were returned to service. Some minor
repair work was also done at the plant.
The Business Courier reports that GE notified the workers of the
closing about a year ago. The last six employees will be tasked
with closing up the facility, and will be offered benefits ranging
from early retirement to preferential placement should they decide
to continue working. The facility once employed 700 people, but had
been in decline for several years.