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Somerset General Electric Plant Beginning Phaseout

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The General Electric glass plant in Somerset is beginning a phase-out of operations this month. The plant employs 71 people, and will close August 11.

A G.E. plant in Lexington that employs 139 people will also close on the same day. The lighting industry has seen a decline in sales for incandescent, halogen, and specialty linear fluorescent lamps. The Somerset facility makes halogen lamps, and the Commonwealth Journal reports the plant is operating at 70 percent below capacity.

Employees will receive tuition reimbursement for retraining, and help with job placement at up to 12 other G.E. locations. The company will also provide employees layoff benefits, including severance pay, continued medical, dental, and life insurance.

The Somerset plant has been in production for almost 60 years. Construction on the facility started in 1957.


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