Siemens to lay off 200 workers in Texas


Siemens, the German engineering firm with a wind-manufacturing plant in Hutchinson, Kansas and operations throughout Oklahoma’s wind farms announced it will layoff 200 workers at its gas turbines parts and components service center in Houston, Texas.

The layoffs will happen next year and the company blamed a weaker global demand.  The closing of the Texas operation will happen between late 2019 and 2020.

A spokesman called the decision “difficult” and said the firm had notified the Texas Workforce Commission by letter, pointing to overcapacity within its network.

Siemens said in September that it would cut 2,900 jobs in Germany to boost the competitiveness of its Power and Gas and Process Industries divisions.

Along with turbine competitors General Electric and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Siemens has faced oversupply and declining sales as demand for gas turbines has plunged.

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