GE Appliances increased its U.S. footprint last week with a plant extension at the company’s cooking products plant in LaFayette, Georgia.
The expansion, which accommodates a new 1,100 ton power press that will enable the plant to increase its metal fabrication capability, is part of a company program to insource metal parts to support the manufacturing of a new line of wall ovens.
“The community and our employees can be proud of the innovative, new products built in LaFayette,” said GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship.
GE Appliances invested $88 million to support the new line of GE wall ovens and to update the freestanding range products manufactured at the plant, all of which will feature new styling and appearance. Ninety new jobs will be added at the plant.
The investment is part of a $1 billion investment GE Appliances is making to revitalize its U.S. plants, products and services. So far, the $1 billion investment has created over 3,000 jobs
“The LaFayette production expansion is a perfect example of insourcing the manufacturing of products currently made in other countries,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “GE’s investment not only provides inroads toward future growth, but it also creates jobs and fosters a sense of pride among local employees who are making industry-first GE appliance products.”