Siemens Energy closing two Ohio plants

Siemens Energy closing two Ohio plants

Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. said Friday it plans to close two plants in western Ohio, a move that will result in the loss of about 700 jobs.

The Atlanta-based company, which makes industrial circuit breakers at the plants, intends to close plants in Bellefontaine and nearby Urbana. About 500 workers are employed at the Bellefontaine facility and 220 in Urbana.

Siemens, an operating company of German-owned Siemens AG, said it intends to move production of the products to existing facilities operated by Siemens Mexico or other third-party suppliers. The company said it will begin closing the Ohio plants in phases, with the first phase not beginning before August.

“This is an extremely difficult business decision,” said Dennis Sadlowski, chief operating officer of Siemens Energy. “However, we are forced to make these changes to protect the rest of our company and keep us in a competitive position for our customers.”

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