General Electric to begin teardown of old New York factory

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FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo the General Electric logo is displayed at the top of their Global Operations Center in the Banks development of downtown Cincinnati. General Electric Co. reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — The demolition of a former General Electric Co. plant near the Hudson River in upstate New York is set to begin.

The Times Union reports the demolition of buildings that used to comprise the firm’s electrical capacitor plant in Fort Edward will start during the week of Oct. 21.

The factory has been vacant since 2016, when production work was shifted to Clearwater, Florida. The factory employed 200 workers at its peak.

The project is expected to last nine months.

Polychlorinated biphenyls used in capacitor production had been released into the Hudson River decades ago at the Fort Edward and nearby Hudson Falls plants.

GE spent more than $1 billion over six years to dredge the river in an effort to remove PCBs.

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