GE has announced plans to lay off 43 hourly workers at its Lexington lamp plant, where it produces specialty incandescent lights. GE spokeswoman Janice Fraser told The Lexington Herald-Leader that demand for the plant’s products had dropped 35 percent this year, resulting in production days being trimmed from 225 to 150. Fraser said the company hopes special early retirement and voluntary layoff programs will offset the number of involuntary layoffs. The plant employs 143 hourly workers and 11 salaried employees. The plant is the second GE location in Lexington to suffer layoffs: In July, GE announced plans to close the Kentucky Glass Plant, which produces glass bulbs for incandescent lights.
Scentsy Inc., an Idaho-based party plan company that specializes in wickless candles, is adding a second shift at the distribution center it opened in Lexington this summer. The new shift will create approximately 50 new jobs, bringing its total workforce number to about 120.