Neo-Classical factory building built in 1916 demolished in 2018
General Electric Capacitor Division
Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1989
General Electric opened its Hudson Falls plant in 1941 to produce ball turrets for bombers. The plant switched to the manufacture of electrical capacitors after World War II. A key component of the capacitors was poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) which act as insulators. The company discharged up to 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the Hudson River between 1947 and 1977 when the US EPA outlaw their production and declared them a carcinogen. Years of remediation studies and litigation followed before GE began dredging contaminated soil from the river in 2009. This capacitor plant and another at Fort Edward, NY were closed in 2014. Demolition of the Hudson Falls plant was completed in 2018.