Transcript for America Back to Manufacturing Light Bulbs Here at Home
And this evening, with a flip of a switch, the staple once made here, suddenly back tonight. And we're with the American workers, some who are asking, whose bright idea was it to take it overseas in the first place? With that bright idea born. The inventive genius whose fantastic mind formulated the magic of the incandescent light bulb was no great scholar. Reporter: That's Thomas Edison he's talking about, the inventor of the light bulb. Thomas Edison could look back on three months of formal schooling. Reporter: That didn't stop him. There he is with the first bulbs. And when America lost him, no one was expecting we would lose light bulbs, too. Some 80 years later, this headline. Light bulb factory closing, end of an era for U.S. Means more jobs oversea. 200 workers lose their jobs. At the time, GE sending production to China. But tonight, in three factories, the lights are on with new lights now coming off the belt. From Illinois to Ohio to circleville, too. All making bulbs that look like the old fashioned ones. We headed to Walmart, where we were told they were put on the shelf just this week. If I said, where are the made in America light bulbs where would I go? He takes us a couple of aisles away. Customers beat us to it. Yesterday somebody asked? Yeah. Reporter: A month ago, still made in China. In fact, tonight, you can see them side-by-side on the shelf. Tonight, in a California firehouse, smiles, too. Because they never gave up on their American made light bulb. It just keeps hanging on. Reporter: It's believed they have the world's oldest bulb at the town fire house since 1901. 113 years later, still shining. And for skeptics, a web cam, watching over it. We don't dust it. We don't wash it. We don't -- we have a lot of people think we change it out at night so it's always got a fresh bulb. Reporter: In fact, scientists visiting from all over the world. Puzzled by the bulb, made by the Shelby electric company in Ohio, the same state where tonight, they're making new bulbs, right here in America again.
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