Central Falls lighting plant set to close

Broad Street, Central Falls

Osram Sylvania, a major light bulb manufacturer, said Wednesday that it will close some plants across the country, including one in Rhode Island.

The Osram Sylvania lighting plant in Central Falls will shutter its doors, leaving 88 workers without a job. The plant on Broad Street will be closed in September.

The company decided to close the Central Falls plant and two others in New England. It will also close plants in Manchester, N.H., and York, Pa. A total of 345 employees will be laid off by September.

"The decision to close the plants is a difficult but necessary step in order to focus resources on developing a comprehensive solid-state lighting portfolio that best meets the needs of the market and ensure future growth," the company said in a statement.

Osram Sylvania is one of the largest lighting manufacturers in the world. With its parent company Osram AG, the company employs more than 3,500 people in 18 countries.

One of the workers losing his job in Central Falls is the father of Mayor James Diossa.

Diossa said he's working with Gov. Lincoln Chafee to find jobs for the dislocated workers before the September closure.

"Together we will do what we can to help those who have been laid off. The team at the Department of Labor and Training is ready to assist with unemployment insurance, job opportunities and job training," Chafee's office said.