According to Jones, GE Appliance and Lighting will be adding three new products to the Louisville plant: GeoSpring Hybrid water heaters, front load washers and front load dryers. The company expects to begin producing the high-end GE Profile frontload washing machines that meet 2014 ENERGY STAR standards in 2012 for the washer and 2013 for the dryer. These products will incorporate smart-grid technology and go into production in 2012.
The hybrid water heaters, which had previously been manufactured in China, will go into production at Appliance Park in mid-2011. GE estimates this will create nearly 400 jobs. "It's not only satisfying for the community, it's energizing the workforce. This facility has a big focus on energy efficiency," says Jones.
In addition, GE will redesign dishwasher lines at Louisville and has already brought in or in-sourced parts for appliances. Jones says that dishwasher manufacturing is the largest plant by way of employment.
As for GE, Jones says the project has really sparked a boost in morale. "When developments like this occur in an established facility like this, it opens your eyes to other possibilities, and what you can look forward to in the future."