MADISON (WKOW) -- GE Healthcare has laid off 140 employees since December as the demand for ventilators has decreased.
Last year the company hired additional employees to fill unprecedented requests for ventilators and anesthesia machines created by the pandemic. A GE Healthcare spokesperson confirmed the lay offs involved those hires last week. In total, 250 employees were hired during that void -- some employees will stay on with the company.
GE Healthcare hired additional employees in Madison between April and June to help fill the unprecedented spike in ventilator orders from global healthcare providers. In response to lower ongoing demand, we are making adjustments that impact a portion of the additional employees hired last year. This decision does not reflect on the performance or dedication of the impacted employees. We will work with them to help find other opportunities within the company, and we remain committed to Madison and the state of Wisconsin, where we employ thousands of people across the state.
- Hannah Huntly -- Director, External Communications
The union representing the workers confirmed the number of employees impacted Tuesday afternoon. In a press release, a union spokesperson said almost 50 employees were laid off in December 2020 and over 90 more on Friday, Jan. 15