As reported Dec. 30, 1990, in The Howard Sun:
Two decades of the General Electric Appliance Park East in Columbia come to an end Tuesday when the plant officially closes, but about 65 of the remaining employees will be able to continue working there for at least another year with a new employer.
The employees are among about 140 workers GE laid off Friday. They have been hired by Holman Contract Warehousing, the contractor chosen to operate the center until the operation moves to Aberdeen in Harford County.
Holman is based in Portland, Ore.
The workers who will keep their jobs "applied with everybody else, but they had a natural priority because of their experience with GE," said Peter W. George, vice president of Holman and its 125-year old sister corporation, Holman Distribution Center of Oregon.