GE Lighting is investing $10 million in its Lexington lamp plant to produce a new line of energy-efficient lighting products.
Installation of equipment to produce the energy-efficient spotlights and floodlights – called PAR 38 silver halogen lamps – is expected to be complete by January 2012, with full production slated to be implement by April 2012.
“This investment and expansion is a vote of confidence from GE Lighting in our employees’ ability to perform competitively, and further diversifies products made at our plant,” said Joel Fay, plant manager for the Lexington plant. “This is positive for the future of our plant and employees, as customers continue to demand energy-efficient lighting for general illumination applications.
GE’s Lexington lamp plant has been in operation since 1947 and currently employs 124 people. The product expansion will create 38 new jobs with an average hourly wage of $25, including benefits.