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Despite rumors, GE says Rudolph not going anywhere

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Officials with General Electric said the rumors of the demise of Rudolph the Pumping Unit are just that, rumors.

In the months since GE announced the closure of the Foundry near downtown, many people have feared the long-time tradition of a Lufkin pumping Unit doubling as a Rudolph light display would go away."Rudolph is an important holiday tradition for our employees and the community. We are excited to continue the tradition in Lufkin again this year. GE has a strong footprint in Angelina County, and we do not have plans to retire Rudolph at this time, GE spokesperson Laura Bauer said.

For Lufkin resident Janice Ann Rowe, the unit has become part of her yearly holiday traditions.

"People from around the area come and they know us as the town from were Rudolph is," Rowe said. "It's different every year because of the atmosphere and the children."

Rowe said she has been concerned over the rumors of the demise but is confident that the pumping unit will stay and represent a piece of the community's past.

"I would love for us to be able to maintain our reputation of having Rudolph in our community and hope that somehow the good Lord will see that we are taken care of here in Lufkin," Rowe said.

The Rudolph the Pumping Unit will officially be lit on Nov.21 at 5 pm in front of the Lufkin Mall.

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