GE Appliances opened its new expanded cooking products plant in LaFayette, Georgia
. GE’s LaFayette Georgia’s cooking products facility, which goes by Roper Corporation, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE Appliances.
The expansion accommodates a new 1,100 ton power press that will enable the plant to increase its metal fabrication capability as part of a program to in-source metal parts to support the manufacturing of a new line of wall ovens. In-sourcing and new product production have led to the creation of 90 new jobs at the LaFayette plant.
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. 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.
“GE's investment has had a positive impact on the LaFayette economy. We employed more than 40 local companies in our expansion project. The community and our employees can be proud of the innovative, new products built in LaFayette. They will delight consumers across the nation,” said GE Appliances President and CEO Chip Blankenship.
“The LaFayette production expansion is a perfect example of in-sourcing the manufacturing of products currently made in other countries,” said Gov 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.”