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

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
    Freestanding Ranges Have the Edge:
    GE’s new ranges stand out in
    the crowd. Launched in August, the new gas and electric ranges feature
    stylish edge-to-edge cooktops to accompany other updates, including
    Bluetooth® technology.
  • GE
    Next Gen Induction Cooktops with Smartphone-Inspired Controls:

    Three GE brands—Café™, Profile™ and Monogram®— have new
    induction cooktops to satisfy growing consumer interest in induction
    cooking. The newest induction cooktops serve up groundbreaking new
  • GE
    Brings a Restaurant Secret to the Home Chef:
    GE’s new induction
    cooktop with Bluetooth-connected sous vide accessory brings restaurant
    technology and quality home.
  • New
    GE Monogram French Door Wall Oven:
    The influence of the
    professional chef on consumers has inspired GE to introduce a new Café
    and Monogram French door wall oven with cooking features fit for the
    pros but designed for the home.

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,

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

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