GE hires 200 more workers for new line

April 22, 2013 • Business

General Electric Appliances President Chip Blankenship welcomes guests as his company unveils its new [auth] washer and dryer at Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky, Monday, April 22, 2013. The appliances have built in risers that raise the products seven inches making loading easier. They also have the largest openings in the industry, says GE, and the washer comes equipped with stain removal features for the most common stains (grass, wine, blood, tomato and dirt) by automatically adjusting water temperature, spin speeds, wash action and soak time. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, David R. Lutman)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — General Electric is making a new line of washers and dryers in Louisville, completing a three-year transformation at its sprawling plant.

Company officials told The Courier-Journal ( ) on Monday that GE’s Appliance Park plant added two assembly lines for the front-loading washers and matching dryers and hired 200 workers.

GE said the 60-year-old plant has now added a total of six additional products and 3,000 jobs since 2008, when the company put Appliance Park up for sale.

GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman says it’s all part of a $1 billion appliances investment the company announced in 2010, about $800 million of which was spent in Louisville. GE also has appliance factories in Lafayette, Ga.; Decatur, Ala.; and Bloomington, Ind.

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