BOSTON Aug 4 General Electric Co (GE.N) said on
Tuesday that it plans to cease manufacturing light bulbs at its
Oakville, Ontario plant.
The plant currently employs about 160 people in
manufacturing, who produce incandescent, fluorescent and
halogen light bulbs. Their jobs will be phased out through
August 2010, with the manufacturing functions shifting to other
GE-owned as well as outsourced factories.
A separate warehouse and distribution center in Oakville
will continue to operate. The company blamed the move on waning
demand for traditional incandescent bulbs, which are losing
market share to more energy-efficient light sources, such as
The Oakville manufacturing site has been in operation since
1948, a GE spokeswoman said.
The largest U.S. conglomerate employs more than 300,000
worldwide and has eliminated an undisclosed number of jobs over
the past year as part of a companywide cost-cutting push.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)