Growing Popularity Drives Growth at GE’s Cooking Products Production Facility

  • Increased consumer popularity spurred by new cooking products
    announced earlier this year
  • A third shift and about 110 new positions to be added in fourth
    quarter

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NYSE:GE) Just two years after GE Appliances announced an $88
million investment in new product manufacturing and the addition of 110
jobs at its LaFayette, Ga., cooking products production facility*, it is
expanding again. In response to increased consumer purchases of the
products made there, the plant will increase employment on first shift
and add a new third shift operation, creating nearly 90 new jobs by the
end of the year.


“Consumers are clearly responding favorably to our investment in our
cooking products. Sales are growing and, in turn, so are American jobs,”
said Paul Surowiec, product general manager, cooking, for GE Appliances.
“These new products incorporate quality craftsmanship, the latest
technology and great features that are delighting consumers and our
retail and builder partners.”

The Roper Corporation facility has been a vital part of the Northwest
Georgia community since 1973. It is the largest single-site private
employer in Walker County with approximately 1,750 employees, making
GE’s newest line of electric and gas cooktops, freestanding ranges and
electric wall ovens.

About GE’s New Cooking Products Made at the LaFayette Plant:

GE Appliances

GE Appliances is at the forefront of building innovative,
energy-efficient appliances that improve people’s lives. GE Appliances’
products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers,
washers, dryers, air conditioners, water filtration systems and water
heaters. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to
build a world that works better. For more information on GE Appliances,
visit www.ge.com/appliances.

*GE’s LaFayette, Ga. cooking products facility, which goes by Roper
Corporation, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE Appliances.

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Contacts

GE Appliances
Kim Freeman, 502-452-7819
Director of Public
Relations
kim_freeman@ge.com

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