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Growing Popularity Drives Growth at GE’s Cooking Products Production Facility

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  • 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 quarter

LOUISVILLE, KY—DATE—(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.”

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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.

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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 features.
  • 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.
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  • 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, visitwww.ge.com/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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