GE Appliances to Invest $ 118 Million in Georgia Plant and Hire 600 | Georgia News
By JEFF AMY, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) – GE Appliances, a unit of Chinese home appliance maker Haier, said on Tuesday it will invest more than $ 118 million to expand its plant in northwest Georgia, hiring an additional 600 workers to ‘by the end of 2024.
Spokeswoman Julie Wood said the business needs to grow due to increased demand for the electric ranges, wall ovens, and gas and electric cooktops it manufactures at the Walker County facility. .
“Consumers continue to be at home to cook and use their appliances more, and we don’t see this trend changing, especially as more and more people decide to work from home permanently,” a- she wrote in an email.
The growth will increase GE Appliances’ employment at its LaFayette plant, which uses the Roper Corp. name, to more than 2,600 workers. The company also has 400 other workers grouped together in a distribution center in Commerce, a logistics facility in Crandall and a factory service dispatch center in Marietta.
The company manufactures products under the GE, GE Profile, Monogram and Café brands in LaFayette.
“Investing in manufacturing in the United States allows us to be closer to our consumers and serve them better and faster, which is essential to the business strategy of GE Appliances,” said Bill Good, vice president of manufacturing for GE Appliances, in a statement.
GE Appliances announced a $ 130 million expansion in Georgia in 2019, including $ 43 million at the LaFayette plant, the $ 55 million Commerce distribution center, and a $ 32 million logistics center in Crandall near from the Georgia Ports Authority’s inland rail port in Murray County.
The two investment towers are expected to increase the capacity of the LaFayette plant by 50%. Wood said the company would spend to install more robots to automate processes or help workers, as well as autonomous vehicles to transport materials around the plant.
The company says it is already hiring for the 600 new jobs and new workers will be paid up to $ 17.50 an hour when they start.
GE Appliances could claim various tax breaks, including an income tax credit allowing it to deduct $ 2,500 per job annually from state income tax, up to $ 7.5 million on five years. The company could also benefit from local tax breaks.
General Electric Co. sold the unit to Haier and an investment firm for $ 5.6 billion in 2016. The 12,000-employee unit remains based in Louisville, Kentucky, where the company announced an expansion of $ 450 million in October. It also has assembly plants in Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. Haier, based in Qingdao, China, has the right to use the GE brand until 2056.
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