I worked at General Electric for 15 years. Probably would have stayed longer, but the last time I was laid off I was never called back. In that time I worked both sides of Broadway, Winter Street and in the Taylor Street plant. I was always very proud of the people who worked there and the products we produced. I think it is a shame that the company did not share that same pride and closed down the Fort Wayne plants and let the buildings sit to rot.
In my opinion it’s companies like G.E. that have contributed to the downfall of the middle class of this country. Of course our government hasn’t helped by passing the trade laws that allowed these companies to move jobs en mass to other countries and leave so many Americans out of work.
Anyway, I’m not sure what other former G.E. workers think, but in my humble opinion G.E. should take the “General Electric” sign that has stood atop Building 4 for so many years and ship it to Mexico or China or wherever their newest manufacturing plant is located.
If they don’t want to do that, they can store it in the basement of whichever building they are going to tear down first on the Broadway campus and let the building fall in on it. .It seems to me that would be a fitting end to a very long run of General Electric manufacturing in this town.
Reading back on this letter I’ve decided it sounds a little bit bitter. Then I decided there was good reason for that and I’m probably not the only one who feels that way.