GE Healthcare said Friday it will pare its workforce in Wisconsin by 2 percent as part of an effort to “streamline its structure and reduce costs.”
The company has about 700 employees at its Life Support Systems plant, formerly Datex-Ohmeda, 3030 Ohmeda Drive. The plant’s products include anesthesia machines. A 2 percent cut would mean the loss of about 14 positions, but a spokesman for the company has not confirmed numbers or details.
“While GEHC regrets the loss of any job, the business needs to make tough decisions in the current economic climate,” the company said in a news release.
GE Healthcare said it will try to find other jobs within the company for affected employees. Those who cannot be placed elsewhere will receive benefits including “income extension aid,” health care coverage and job training reimbursement.
This will be the second job reduction for the Madison plant. An earlier cut was confirmed in April but no numbers were disclosed at that time, either.