WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Friday that he called Siemens Corp. CEO Lisa Davis to his office to deliver a tough message: The company ought to do everything it can to preserve every job at its Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville.
“During our meeting, I told Ms. Davis that it is of paramount importance that she and her team works overtime to find a way to protect all Southern Tier jobs,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, said of the Thursday meeting. “I believe Ms. Davis heard me loud and clear about the need to protect and build on Siemens's stellar workforce in the Southern Tier. With the markets improving and the tax windfall Siemens has received, the conditions are there for growth rather than retrenchment."
Siemens AG, the Germany-based owner of the Wellsville plant, announced in February that the plant will close. The move will claim 250 jobs in Allegany County's largest town.