The notice went out in 2009 that the GE light bulb factory was closing down and along with it went about 150 local jobs. The reason was that with the popularity of new style light bulbs, there was less worldwide demand for the older type along with overproduction.
With the demolition came concerns of handling not only asbestos found in the rubble but also mercury as needed in light bulb production. The company hired to take care of the environmentally sensitive demolition and cleanup has taken necessary precautions to safeguard the surrounding buildings and area.
Demolition of Oakville, Ontario light bulb factory includes asbestos removal
The market shift toward energy-efficient bulbs led to the 2009 announcement that General Electric Corp. (NYSE:GE) was closing GE Consumer & Industrial, an Oakville, Ontario manufacturing facility for incandescent, fluorescent and halogen light bulbs. The contract for the environmental abatement and selective demolition of the 300,000-square-foot facility, known locally as the Oakville Lamp Plant, was awarded to Quantum Murray LP (QMLP).
General Electric Corp. closed GE Consumer & Industrial, the Oakville, Ont. manufacturing plant for incandescent, fluorescent and halogen light bulbs. Environmental abatement and selective demolition of the 300,000-square-foot facility was awarded to Quantum Murray LP (QMLP).
The facility consisted of a two-storey office building in the front of the property and a large, one-storey manufacturing facility and warehouse in back.