Despite foundry closing, Rudolph Pumping Unit returning to Lufkin for Christmas

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Even though GE is ceasing operations in the city of Lufkin, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit will return to Lufkin Mall in time for Christmas.

GE spokeswoman Laura Bauer confirmed the company will sponsor the community staple for another year.

"While our footprint in Angelina County is changing, we are committed to being a strong business and community partner," Bauer said.

This will be the 49th year for the Lufkin Industries unit.

On Monday, GE announced the company would be closing the downtown foundry and laying off 86 at the Buck Creek facility.

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