- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - General Electric Lighting has announced it will close two plants in Lexington and Somerset by August 2017.

WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/2b3rwJk ) 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.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com


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