Multiple media outlets are reporting that General Electric Lighting will close two plants in Lexington and Somerset by August 2017.
WKYT-TV said the company announced Thursday the closures of Lexington Lamp Plant and Somerset Glass Plant. The closures 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.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that GE said consumer demand for traditional lighting is at an all-time low. As a result, the company says it is operating at 15 percent capacity.