Skip to comments.United States : GE Appliances Plans $200 Million-Plus Investment, 400 New Jobs in Louisville
Posted on 10/04/2018 8:30:54 AM PDT by bigbob
During a news conference in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and Kevin Nolan, president and chief executive officer of GE Appliances, a Haier company, to announce the appliance manufacturer will create 400 new jobs with a $200 million-plus investment in its laundry and dishwasher production facilities.
GE Appliances has long been an exemplary corporate partner for Louisville and the commonwealth, Gov. Bevin said. This iconic company has employed many thousands of Kentuckians for generations, and we are grateful for their most recent investment in the Bluegrass State. As GE Appliances continues to adapt to a changing marketplace, we are confident that they will remain a perfect fit right here in KentuckyAmericas center for engineering and manufacturing excellence.
GE Appliances will expand its laundry manufacturing facilities, adding new topload washer and dryer platforms and increasing production capacity for existing models by about 20 percent. As well, the company plans to grow production capacity for its new plastic and stainless steel tub dishwasher models by 35 percent. Work has already begun and is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2019.
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I can’t take it anymore!
Well, okay, maybe just once more...
Good. Maybe they’ll stop making crap appliances. Not holding my breath.
But they better make a better product, or I’m still not buying.
Just remember, OBAMA did this. He gets the credit. /s for the Sheldons.
Theyre Chinese, theyre going to be crap appliances.
Samsung is seemingly the gold standard for civilian grade appliances.
Yup. It's good that there will be some more jobs in Kentucky. But in this case, the buck stops in Beijing.
So now 400 persons that had the freedom to be an artist or entrepeneur (Pelosi’s words) will be forced into wage slavery and have to deal with the unpleasantries of regular bill paying, credit card and car payments, maybe even the horror of a mortgage payment! And food that is not provided by the food bank. Oh, the horror! Donald Trump is such a b*****d!
My thought as well. There was a time when GE Appliances were the only thing I bought. That stopped when the moved out of the U.S. in droves.
That is who I settled on very recently for my new kitchen.
Little pricey, but solid gear.
I bought several new appliances over the last couple of years. Two things I’ve noticed...
One is that all appliances are basically the same regardless of brand. Literally the parts inside interchange for the most part, only the pretty parts are produced by the OEM.
The other is that, generally speaking, they’re mechanically fine, other than maybe cheap plastic and thin metal, but they all have complicated control boards that are the first things to break, and the replacements cost almost as much as a new appliance.
If someone with a little bit of electronics knowledge was able to build a little control board that was customizable and programmable for the various devices out there, most people could keep their appliances working just about indefinitely or until they got tired of the looks.
That leads me to believe that the manufacturers could make appliances that last, but they choose not to. Funny how this planned obsolescence, which generates literally tons of waste every year, is ignored by the environazis who are concentrating on plastic straws instead.
Our washer of 23 years went out on us a month ago. We were close to buying a brand new one and then we read all of the horror stories of the darn things breaking down after a couple of years. None of the major brand names are good. Yes, one of the brandnames not to buy was Samsung.
We ended up investing $400 into our old clothes washer and had repaired it. The repairman said that it will last us another 23 years.
Who the heck wants wifi on their washer? And a cellphone app? Silly! Expensive and it will break down. Dumb dumb dumb!
Also, if you have ever looked at the circuit boards in modern appliances, they are dirt cheap to make and not designed for reliability.
The newer, energy friendly, appliances are a lot more complicated in how they operate and tend to have lighter mechanisms and tend to work harder too. A washer will spin cycle longer to remove more water with the thought that drying time will be less.
Appliance makers have missed the mark by a mile.
They need to rethink their business model. Until then we will not buy American!
Here are the requirements....
1. Lasts 25 years. But then GE would sell fewer dishwashers and make less money. Planned obsolescence by selling crap.
2. Simple basic and reliable. No bells and whistles. We can figure out how to twist knobs and push buttons. We are smarter than your average chimp so treat us like it.
3. Robust parts. See #1 above.
4. Nice to have — energy efficient. But not at the sacrifice of quality and reliability.
Remember that that newer broken down washer will end up in the landfill sooner. So make them reliable and >>>save the environment!<<<
Simple answer: Buy a commercial washer (e.g. Speed Queen). They are not yet subject to the same level of enviro restrictions and they are built to be reliable. Not as quiet, and cost more, but fast, gets clothes clean and reliable.
My wife also had to use the Laundromat while our washer was out of commission and where “commercial” washers are used. Six out of the 10 Maytags were broken down.
It’s somewhat ironic that GE became an industrial powerhouse by making quality products domestically. Now they’re a shadow of their former self after producing crap offshore.
Yet a long train of executives likely retired with very generous pensions for destroying a once great company over the decades.
Seems like the first few companies that would take a more time-honored approach could corner the market once word got out that they were making dependable products that were a good value...
GE goes way back — Edison Electric. :)
There is demand for quality and I’d be willing to pay more for a reliable product. Very clear that they are disconnected and the only thing saving them is the fact their competitors are making crap too.
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