GE Healthcare is cutting 1.5 percent of its staff in Wisconsin, and the health industry giant's operations in Madison are expected to be affected.
The move is part of a corporate cost-cutting effort, spokesman Benjamin Fox said, in a written statement. He said the number of job eliminations is not available yet.
"As part of this process to streamline our structure, around 1.5 percent of positions will be affected here in Wisconsin. However, for those impacted, GE Healthcare will try to find alternative roles to mitigate any job losses, so it's not possible to say how many jobs may be lost," Fox said.
GE Healthcare has about 6,500 employees in southern Wisconsin, including around 685 in Madison at the company's Life Support Systems plant, formerly Datex-Ohmeda, 3030 Ohmeda Drive. The plant's products include anesthesia machines.
A 1.5 percent cut would affect about 10 positions. The job decrease already has begun; no target completion date has been disclosed.
One year ago, GE Healthcare announced similar job reductions affecting 2 percent of its work force.
Workers who are not placed in other company jobs will be eligible for benefits including health care coverage and job training reimbursement.
"While GE Healthcare regrets the loss of any job, the business needs to make tough decisions in the current economic climate," the company's statement said.