General Electric meets with local leaders about Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

PADUCAH, Ky. - The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant now has a public endorsement from General Electric.

The global company met with local leaders Tuesday night about the facility.

According to the Paducah Sun, General Electric Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment is interested in building a facility on the land that's owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. They would use the site to re-enrich depleted uranium using laser technology.

Paducah Economic Development President Chad Chancellor told the newspaper that GE would bring up to 400 jobs and invest an estimated $1 billion into the community.

A total of 1,100 workers are expected to be laid off by USEC after the DOE declined to renew its contract with the company to continue operating the facility.