GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts Electric Company is closing its service center in Greenfield in a year.
WMECo's parent company, Northeast Utilities, decided that the site was being under-utilized. They will move employees and trucks to the service center in Hadley.
The service center in Greenfield, on Shelburne Road, has been there for more than 45 years and will be closed in a year.
About 25 employees, 10 of which are line workers, will then be reporting to the Hadley service center on Route 9. The company owns the facility in Greenfield and only leases in Hadley, but WMECo insists that it will still be cheaper to move.
WMECo Spokeswoman, Priscilla Ress told 22News, "We are convinced by doing the drive testing and the means testing that we have made the right decision to consolidate, and they did drive testing and they have been reassured that it will not impact our response time for our customers."
Line worker and union leader Bill Freeman, however, told 22News that he worries that the closure could cause problems.
"That location is a big compromise for us to service the Franklin County area properly, and I feel as though not just as an employee, but as a resident of Franklin County we are going to see differences in our response to electrical emergencies," Freeman said.
WMECo's corporate Headquarters will also be moving from Technology Park on Federal Street in Springfield to Cadwell Drive in East Springfield.