Lawmakers Rep. Reed, Sen. Schumer and Gillibrand

Lawmakers Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, (from left) Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are working to save 250 jobs at the Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville. Plant owner Siemens announced plans earlier this year to sell the plant’s government business and move commercial manufacturing, shuttering the facility by 2020.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, fellow New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tom Reed are expanding their efforts to save 250 jobs at the Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville.

Reed, R-Corning, told reporters on Tuesday he had written to the Navy and the Securities and Exchange Commission about his concerns over the closure of the Wellsville plant and the loss of 250 skilled jobs, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Plant owner Siemens announced plans earlier this year to sell the plant’s government business and services portfolio and move commercial manufacturing to facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and other Siemens facilities. The plant would close in phases into 2020.

Reed said he asked the SEC to consider the national security implications of Siemen’s sale to Curtiss-Wright and moving the rest of the more than 100-year-old business out of the state.

“I’m pulling out all the stops,” Reed said. “My hope is to protect as many of those jobs as possible.”

Reed said he reached out to Schumer and Gillibrand as well.

In a letter to Siemens USA CEO Lisa Davis, Schumer asked her “to reconsider this decision and work with partners at the local, state and federal level… to come up with a solution that could save as many jobs as possible.”

Schumer added: “I am hopeful that you’ll reconsider closing this facility and instead, work with the regional stockholders to develop a plan that is both beneficial to the company and the hard working men and women at the Wellsville facility.”

In a letter to Davis and Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, Gillibrand asked that “you explore any and all avenues to reverse this decision and keep these manufacturing jobs in Wellsville.”

Gillibrand praised the employees she said were “second to none,” and urged the company to work with local, state and federal partners “to develop a plan that will keep the plant open.”

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to get involved in the fight to save Dresser-Rand jobs in Wellsville. They have also mounted a letter writing campaign to President Donald Trump.

(Contact reporter Rick Miller at rmiller@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RMillerOTH)

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