GE Invests Big in Central IL Plant

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 MATTOON- Over the past three years, General Electric has made a 35 million dollar investment in its Mattoon plant.  It's already added 100 jobs over the past few years and soon will add even more.
They make 2,000 of capsules an hour that go into soft white halogen light bulbs.   They've added 100 employees over the past few years.  Plant manager Joshua Smith says a partnership between Wal-Mart and GE means big growth.
"We're very tight partners with them and they expressed this need and this desire to be made in the us," Smith says.
And they'll be hiring more--30 additional jobs over the next 12 months.
"The majority of them are skilled trades, largely mechanics, automotive mechanics do very well here," Smith says.  
GE does require an industrial maintenance certificate to work at the plant.  And so GE also teamed up with Lakeland College to make that happen while employees work at the Mattoon plant.
The plant now operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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