GE holds auction, relocating to Ontario

Matt Echelberry

March 6, 2014

General Electric held an auction on March 6 at its Galion location, 1376 State Route 598 (the former PECO II plant). More than 1,000 items inside the plant were up for grabs, some of which were marked as “contents of the room.”

Larger items included an overhead crane, fork lifts, a hydraulic car lift and a Ford F-250. Also available were rows and rows of work benches and desks, shelving units and file cabinets. Smaller items included office supplies, various tools and equipment and pallet jacks.

Charleston Auctions & Liquidations, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., served as the auctioneer. GE declined to release details on revenue from the auction.

Ellen Ziedler of GE’s marketing division in Texas explained in a phone interview the company is “trying to improve customer service and adapt to a changing business dynamic.”

Last August GE decided its Galion location was too large of a facility for its operations, and costs to keep it open were increasing. Ziedler stressed that GE wanted to relocate nearby in a building that was more appropriately sized, but did not find anything to suit its needs.

It has recently found a site on Home Road in Ontario, so the company is still remaining in the area. Out of the 20-25 employees who work at the Galion site, Ziedler said about 10 full-time positions will be affected by the transition, but GE wants to impact as few of those employees as possible.

The building itself will eventually be sold. Ziedler said the company is in the process of preparing for a sale, which is slated for some time during the third quarter of this year.

The company’s Bucyrus location will not be affected by these changes.