LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After laying off hundreds, GE Oil & Gas is inviting all of its current, retired, and former employees back to sign the walking beam for the 50th anniversary Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit.
According to a press release from GE Oil & Gas, the walking beam will be in front of the main office at the company's Buck Creek facility south of Lufkin on U.S. Highway 69 South from Oct. 17 through Oct. 28 for those who work or have worked for the company to sign. The walking beam will be available for signing between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.
"This is a special year for Rudolph, and we want anyone who works or has worked for the company to be a part of the celebration by signing the walking beam," said Matt Pulley, the plant manager at the Buck Creek facility.
The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit lighting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Lufkin Mall parking lot. Santa will be there, and there will be Christmas music, cookies, and milk.
Little Rudolph and his sleigh will also make an appearance and will be available for photos on the day of the lighting ceremony.
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Pumping Unit is a fully functioning Mark 640 oil pumping unit that precedes a 38-foot dump trailer that holds Santa and presents," the press release stated. "The pumping unit is painted red and adorned with more than 1,000 Christmas lights, including a bright red nose."
The trailer for Rudolph is a 38-foot frameless Ultra Light II dump trailer decorated to look like Santa's sleigh.
"While the company no longer manufactures trailers, this trailer continues to serve as the sleigh for the display," the press release stated. "This equipment has become a symbol of GE's dedication to the community and its holiday spirit."
According to the press release, Rudolph will be lit up from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season.