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GE Lighting, including Henderson County facility, for sale

Bob Williford, president of Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, said someone from GE called Monday and said the company is actively looking for a buyer for the entire lighting division. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

GE officials are looking to sell their lighting division, including the plant in Henderson County, according to Henderson County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Williford.

Williford said a company representative called him Tuesday about that division going on the market.

"Obviously, we would love for it to stay a GE facility forever. But that may not be the case," Williford said.

He said a GE representative would not say why they were selling the lighting division or if they had any potential buyers.

"They just said, 'We want you to know that we're going to talk to the employees and let them know that we're actively putting the property up for sale or the lighting division up for sale,'" Williford said.

Williford said if the lighting division gets sold — or doesn't — it's unclear what that will mean for 400-500 workers employed at the plant.

"Nobody knows at this time,” Williford said. “So, we'll certainly continue to be in communication and try to find out more about exactly what does that mean. What happens if the facility is not sold, if there's not a buyer? What happens if it is a buyer and who is that buyer? Will they continue to operate the plant just as it is today or do something else?”

Those are questions Vivian Hunt, a former employee, would like answered. She started working at the plant in the 1990s, when the facility was put up for sale — although, it remained at GE facility.

"As long as I've been out there, they did a lot for my family. I mean, I know they're going to up and sell it. Let's hope that whoever buys it keeps it in the community and, you know, keep it going," Hunt said.

News 13 reached out to representatives from the facility but have not heard back by the time this article was posted.

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