Dishwasher demand allows growth at GE Appliances during the pandemic

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky

GE Appliances is answering increased demand for household appliances as more people are at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GE recently announced it will invest $80 million in a new dishwasher manufacturing line at its supersite location in Louisville. This is the second investment in the dishwasher manufacturing line of 2020. The first announcement came in June with a $19 million investment to expand the Louisville facility.

“At a time when our research has shown families are using their dishwashers more than ever, we’re excited to expand our product offerings—and our U.S. manufacturing capabilities to give consumers access to more of the appliances they want and need.” Cynthia Fanning, GE Appliances’ vice president for dishwasher products, said in press release.

The new design includes an extra-large capacity, improved performance, electronic controls, and true flush installation designed to appeal to builders and property managers. The investment doesn’t stop at design and functionality, it helps pay for improved manufacturing equipment, ergonomics for employees and an enhanced manufacturing environment for employees to enjoy.

The line will bring more than 280 new jobs to the Appliance Park location in Louisville as output grows to meet demand. The company employs more than 7,100 employees at the Louisville headquarters and contributes $11 billion to the state’s economy each year.

“At GE Appliances, we’re on a mission to become the leading appliance company in the United States, and our $80 million investment to add a new dishwasher line at Appliance Park is our latest leap forward on that journey,” Fanning said.

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