PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) -- A private company is looking at re-enriching depleted uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant using laser technology.

Officials from General Electric Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment met with leaders from Paducah, the state and labor unions about bringing up to 400 jobs back to the plant, which is in the midst of shutting down.

Paducah Economic Development President Chad Chancellor says if the project comes to fruition, it could significantly soften the blow of layoffs coming to the majority of the plant's roughly 1,100 workers.

U.S. Department of Energy spokesman Tim Echelard says that all companies interested in developing at the site or utilizing assets or property must respond to a request for offers that the department issued at the beginning of July.