Updated 22-XII-2019

Kentucky Glass Plant

The Kentucky Glass Plant (also known as Lexington Glass Division) was opened in the town of Lexington (KY) in 1946 to provide extra capacity for GE's rapidly expanding business of sealed beam automotive headlamps. The pressed glass reflectors and lenses for those had previously all been produced at the company's Mahoning Glass Works at Niles (OH), and the immediate post-war period saw a very rapid growth of that business. Kentucky Glass was expanded again in 1952, reaching 100 workers when it became the company's third Ribbon Bulb plant for the production of ordinary incandescent lamp shells. This was a role which became its sole activity once the skyrocketing demand for pressed glass ware saw that move again in 1957 to the newly-built Somerset Glass Plant.

The factory excelled as being one of the highest capacity ribbon bulb plants in the world. However, when changing government regulations on energy efficiency of lamps forced GE to close its principal incandescent plant at Winchester (VA) in 2010, the glassworks lost its primary customer which had consumed more than two million of its glass bulb shells per day. It was announced on 23rd July 2009 that the glassworks would be closed, which followed in late July 2010 with the loss of 114 jobs. The buildings were completely removed by GE and reverted to green fields, on which the new headquarters of the nearby Lextran bus company was built in 2013.

Aerial View of GE Kentucky Glass Plant, 2010

Address GE Kentucky Glass Plant #7650, 200 West Louden Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky 40508, U.S.A.
Location 38.0612°N, -84.4862°E.
Opened 1946.
Closed 2010.
Floorspace Land area 13.69 acres.
Products Pressed Glass, Ribbon Bulb Shells

Aerial View, 2002 Aerial View, 2010 Aerial View, 2014 Raw Materials Train Delivery, 1968

Glass Products
1980 - US
Glass Products
1990 - US
Soda-lime Silicate Bulbs
1981 - US

References & Bibliography
  1. A Century of Light, James A. Cox, published by The Benjamin Company / Rutgers, 1979, ISBN 0-87502-062-3, p.142.
  2. GE to Close Kentucky Light Bulb Plant, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers News, 10 Aug 2009.
  3. Forging a Green Economic Recovery at Home, Huffpost, 25 May 2011.
  4. On Jobs Obama Giveth, and Obama Taketh AwayTimoth P. Carney, Washington Examiner, 02 Jul 2010.
  5. Lextran to build new maintenance facility on site of the former GE Glass PlantKY Forward News, 30 Sept 2013.