GE logo pulled down from iconic sign

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Three weeks after the 15 letters that spelled General Electric were pulled down from the iconic sign atop the downtown GE campus, the popular logo suffered the same fate Monday.

A large red crane took away the once brightly lit blue and white GE logo from the rooftop of the abandoned building off Broadway. Workers used power tools to detach the large sign from the frame that held it for decades.

Last month, GE announced said it was taking down the sign that shone for decades on downtown Fort Wayne’s southwest corner because intruders had climbed onto the building to vandalize the GE sign. The sign’s lights have been turned off since last year due to such.

The sign’s letters and large main logo will be stored in one of the buildings onsite, officials had said. The supporting structural steel work will also be lowered from the building.

What will happen to the sign is uncertain. Reports have surfaced in a Louisville business newspaper that suggested the sign may be installed at a GE appliance plant there.

City officials, though, hope the sign can be placed back atop the building once it is rehabilitated. Over the last several months, a task force formed to brainstorm ways to recover General Electric’s dilapidated 32-acre, dozen-building campus, to reuse the buildings instead of tearing them down, has met several times. The task force, called the General Electric Campus Coalition, has said it fears GE will continue demolishing buildings which will lead to a drop in nearby property values.

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