Philips Lighting Co. closes
The front of the Philips Lighting building on Clarksville Street.

After 60 years operating as first Westinghouse, then Philips Lighting Co., the light will soon go out permanently in the plant located at 3010 Clarksville St.

Philips Lighting Co. announced Monday the plant would cease production and all 13 employees terminated from employment on or about Dec. 3.

The plant originally opened in 1952 as Westinghouse, then was sold to Philips Lighting in 1983.

Slowly dwindling in employee numbers throughout the years, the plant at one time made bases for incandescent and fluorescent lights across North America and South America and lead wires for plants in North America. 

In 2004, the company laid off 42 employees, leaving 18 workers at the plant. Citing the competitive nature of the industry in addition to the aging plant facilities, the company eliminated lead wire and incandescent light bulb departments and only kept the fluorescent department. The company told the remaining workers at the time the plant would continue to operate “for the foreseeable future.”

That “foreseeable future” is December, when the plant will close after 60 years as an industry in Paris.

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