Appliance Park

A sluggish start to appliance sales this year has prompted General Electric to furlough roughly 500 factory workers at Appliance Park, shutting down the second shift of a new side-by-side refrigerator line for five weeks.

It's the first layoffs for the new line of the French door, bottom-freezer refrigerators announced last March to great fanfare by CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who kicked off the product with a visit to Appliance Park.

"This is an unfortunate, temporary bump in the road as we work to transform our business," GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman said

As General Electric launched production of the GeoSpring hybrid electric water heater, the first product line in decades at Appliance Park, company officials confirmed Friday that hiring is under way for a premium refrigerator launch next month.

With 100 people at work building the water heater, GE is interviewing 300 new hires for one shift to begin in late March on a $180 million production line manufacturing a redesigned bottom freezer refrigerator, company spokeswoman Kim Freeman said.

Aided by government incentives, GE is investing $800 million to launch several energy-efficient product lines

Search GE plans to add 480 workers to lines manufacturing a variety of major appliances at its Appliance Park manufacturing campus in Louisville, KY, U.S., including for a manufacturing line in a building that had been sitting idle since the 1980s. GE will be accepting applications for just three days, starting Sept. 28. The new hires will start work in February in facilities producing the GeoSpring water heater, bottom freezer refrigerators, a new line of dishwashers, and a new line of front load washing machines and dryers. GE is "onshoring" production of the GeoSpring water heater, which was previously

General Electric's Appliances & Lighting Division unveiled a new, energy efficient brain inside its Appliance Park headquarters Thursday, a $48 million data center to support the business in 100 countries worldwide. Backed up by two diesel-powered generators, the computing powerhouse helps ensure GE’s commitment to revitalizing the historic manufacturing complex, officials said. It was also designated LEED Platinum for environmentally-conscious construction techniques and lean use of water and utilities. The certification by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council is rare, and "so phenomenal because data centers use massive amounts of electricity,"

Union workers at General Electric, including Appliance Park in Louisville, have ratified a new four-year contract that provides each with a $5,000 bonus but increases upfront medical costs. The deal, which the IUE/CWE International announced late Wednesday evening, was backed by 70 percent of voters nationwide. It was supported by 69 percent of the voters at Appliance Park. Jerry Carney, president of IUE/CWA Local 761, which represents GE’s Louisville work force, said the contract is a “great deal. Now we are set up for the next four years at Appliance Park.” GE Vice President John Loomis said

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