After great initial success, the owners decided to sell. The company was then sold and changed hands several times until 1986 when the current owners purchased General Mfg. and all of its assets. At the time of purchase, the company had one employee and two light offerings; a 15-watt fluorescent light and an incandescent trouble light.
Today, General Mfg. has three facilities in Bluffton, Indiana, two for manufacturing and one for warehousing of raw materials. The product line has grown from a single fluorescent work light to hundreds of portable lighting, enclosure lighting, leak detection, and power supply products. Markets currently being served include Aircraft, Oil/Gas Refineries, Automotive Aftermarket, Heating, Plumbing & HVAC, Industrial, Hardware, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Government, Military, and numerous Specialty Markets.