Philips Lighting in Bath to Close by the end of 2013

Philips Lighting plant in Bath has held a meeting on Wednesday, and told workers of the impending closure. It wasn't immediately clear when layoffs will begin, but the company told employees that the plant will close by the end of 2013, putting approximately 280 people out of work.


Silvie Casanova, a Philips spokesperson, said the closure is the result of decreased demand for the lighting technology manufactured at the Bath plant.

She said the lighting produced in Bath uses high-intensity discharge technology, which has fallen behind LED lighting technology. LED lighting lasts longer, is more energy efficient and can easily be integrated into other systems, Casanova said.

Philips will work with local and state officials to pursue new employment and training opportunities for workers affected by the plant closure, Casanova said.

Of the 280 people who will lose their jobs, approximately 215 are union employees. GateHouse News Service was unable to reach union leaders for comment.

Steuben County Deputy Administrator Jack Wheeler said Philips has had some ups and downs in recent years, but county officials were taken by surprise by word of the impending closure. He said Jamie Johnson, the executive director of the Steuben County IDA, would reach out to Philips to see if there was anything that could be done to help avoid the closure.

"They're a major employer in our community, not just for the village and town of Bath, but for the entire central part of the county. A closure of the facility, obviously, would be devastating," Wheeler said.
 

Disclaimers of Warranties
1. The website does not warrant the following:
1.1 The services from the website meets your requirement;
1.2 The accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the service;
1.3 The accuracy, reliability of conclusions drawn from using the service;
1.4 The accuracy, completeness, or timeliness, or security of any information that you download from the website
2. The services provided by the website is intended for your reference only. The website shall be not be responsible for investment decisions, damages, or other losses resulting from use of the website or the information contained therein<
Proprietary Rights
You may not reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, display, perform, publish, distribute, disseminate, broadcast or circulate to any third party, any materials contained on the services without the express prior written consent of the website or its legal owner.
MaxLite provides the nostalgic look and warmth of Edison-style filament incandescent bulbs with the energy-saving benefits of LED technology in its new Filament Lamp Series.
Designed for retail, residential and hospitality appli... READ MORE

Plessey announced today that its dotLED range, designed specifically for wearable applications, has been expanded with a wider selection of colours, including red, green and blue. The extremely small LED die have a footprint of only 0.2mm x 0.... READ MORE