Somerset to Lose 71 Jobs as General Electric Lighting Plans to Close Two Kentucky Plants
General Electric Lighting has announced it will close two plants in Lexington and Somerset by August 2017.
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.