LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – GE Appliances, a Haier company, completed a $60 million expansion at its global headquarters at Appliance Park to add 4-door refrigerator production, a project creating more than 245 full-time jobs.
“GE Appliances has a long history as an innovator and jobs-creator here in Louisville, and with today’s announcement is showing a renewed commitment to our commonwealth, our people and our growing manufacturing industry,” said Gov. Andy Beshear at a Monday event marking the completion. “With more than 245 new manufacturing jobs for Kentuckians, we are furthering our positive momentum and growth as we continue to build an economy that works for every Kentucky family.”
The Appliance Park expansion will feature new high-end refrigerators and add new quad-door and counter-depth models to its assembly capabilities. GE says the investment signifies the completion of their domestic conversion to next-generation refrigerants, which offer consumers more environmentally friendly options by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Since 2016, GE Appliances has invested $1 billion in new products, technology and its U.S. operations and created more than 2,000 new jobs, with close to 1,000 new jobs in Louisville,” said Kevin Nolan, president and CEO of GE Appliances. “We are committed to growing our manufacturing footprint in the United States to serve customers and owners faster and better. This investment demonstrates our focus on becoming the leading appliance manufacturer in the U.S. We’re thrilled to produce these high-demand refrigerants in the United States for the first time.”
Appliance Park is GE Appliances’ largest manufacturing operation, with more than six million square feet for production of washers, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators.
The facility is on 750 acres in southern Jefferson County, where GE Appliances began production in 1953. It serves as GE Appliances’ headquarters and includes marketing, sales and support functions. Appliance Park also houses the company’s technology and engineering center, industrial design, distribution center and warehouse operations. GE Appliances employs more than 7,100 people full time at Appliance Park and a nearby call center.