A Winchester plant that makes halogen lighting components will close in 2017 in a move that will affect 95 employees, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
The closing of the Ledvance plant (formerly known as Osram Sylvania) will play out over a period of 10 months, spokesman Glen Gracia said.
“The global lighting market continues to move toward solid-state lighting, resulting in greater demand for LED products and diminished demand for the halogen capsules made at the Winchester facility,” Gracia said. “This has shifted the traditional lighting business from a growth to a declining market.”
Production on a single halogen capsule line and associated support equipment — along with limited non-manufacturing operations — will be transferred to another factory in Versailles, Gracia said. About 10 “non-manufacturing employees” will be able to work at Versailles, he said.
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There are two plants in Versailles that employ about 475 people, and a distribution center that employs about 100 people.
The decision to close the Winchester plant “is a difficult but necessary step in order to focus resources on developing a comprehensive solid-state lighting portfolio that best meets the needs of the market and helps ensure future growth,” Gracia’s statement said.
“The company is proud of the contributions the Winchester plant and its employees have made to the lighting industry and our customers, and is committed to doing what it can to assist employees during this transition period,” Gracia said.
The Winchester plant was established in 1953, and in 1997 it employed 350 people, according to a Kentucky Directory of Manufacturers from that year.