Nine get pink slips at Bently Nevada |

Nine get pink slips at Bently Nevada

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

Nine employees at Bently Nevada’s marketing department were given notice last week as the company continues its push toward growth.

“We’re aligned for growth and will continue to do what we do best,” said Joel Burbank, communications leader for Bently Nevada, a division of GE Power Systems.

The Minden-based business sold to GE in January employs nearly 1,000 at its local plant. In August, 23 employees in the company’s maintenance, security and food services departments were given 60 days notice.

President Brian Palmer, speaking to the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Authority Oct. 16 at its monthly luncheon, said GE plans to grown Bently Nevada into a $1 billion business by 2005.

Burbank said the employees were offered out of placement services for assistance in scouting new jobs, and compensation packages based on years of service.

The nine employees were given 30 day’s notice Oct. 21.

Burbank did not know if the employees reside in Carson Valley or what their job titles were. He did not provide the information by press time.

He said most of the work done by the fired employees will be outsourced to outside firms.

Burbank said the company will continue to look at the structure of its employee base and determine if more changes are needed.

“We will continue to look at opportunities, not just now, but in the foreseeable future,” he said.

As for additional layoffs expected by the end of the year, Burbank was unsure.

“Our business model today may change if there are changes in the business environment,” he said, “so I can’t give you a solid answer.”

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