Updated 09-II-2016

East Boston

The East Boston facility was opened by the Edison Lamp Works of General Electric in 1913, to provide additional manufacturing capacity for the company's recently invented drawn tungsten filament lamps. Construction of the building extended over the period 1913-1918. In later years it became more specialised in the production of miniature decorative Christmas lights. In the early 1960s the plant began to enter financial difficulties, because its products were copied by the Japanese, who at the time were beginning to flood the Americas with cheap imported goods. Boston was one of the most affluent cities of the USA and the high labour rates made continued production impossible - GE's Southern factories were simply more cost-effective, and in 1963 production was relocated with the loss of 450 skilled lampmaking jobs in Boston.

General Electric East Boston Lamp Works, taken after closure in 2014.

Address 156-200 East Porter Street, Boston, U.S.A.
Location 42.3714°N, -71.0326°E
Opened 1913.
Closed 1962.
Products Tungsten filament lamps, decorative christmas tree lamps.

1 PAL Report 1936.01 p.81.
2 East Boston Preservation Priorities Report, Boston Preservation Alliance, December 2011, p.31.
3 Report of Proceedings, City Council of Boston, for year 1961.