General Electric Lighting plans to close 2 Kentucky plants
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – General Electric Lighting has announced it will close two plants in Lexington and Somerset by August 2017.
WKYT-TV reports that the company announced Thursday the closures of Lexington Lamp Plant and Somerset Glass Plant would affect over 200 people.
The Lexington plant makes traditional, non-LED lighting products and employs 139 people. The Somerset plant makes halogen lamps and employs 71 people.
GE says in a statement that consumer demand for traditional lighting is at an all-time low. As a result, the company says it is operating at 15 percent capacity.
GE says the local union representing the workers has 60 days to ask for a different plan.