GE Appliances Opening $60 Million Kentucky Expansion for Fastest-growing High-end Refrigeration Segment

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GE Appliances has officially opened a new refrigerator production line at its Louisville headquarters, wrapping up a $60 million expansion project.

The new line makes four-door refrigerators, which the company says is the fastest-growing segment in the high-end refrigeration market. The new appliances feature refrigerated and frozen sections, as well as another section that can be used as either a refrigerator or a freezer. They also utilize a refrigerant known as R600a, which the company says offers “low global warming potential.”

More than 245 new jobs were added at the Kentucky campus to support the expansion, officials said. The company plans to add quad-door and counter-depth models to its product lineup in the future.

GE Appliances says it has invested $1 billion in its products and operations since 2016, when General Electric sold its appliances business to Chinese appliance giant Haier. The company has added more than 2,000 jobs over that span, including nearly 1,000 in Louisville.

“This investment demonstrates our commitment to becoming the leading appliance manufacturer in the U.S.,” GE Appliances President and CEO Kevin Nolan said in the announcement. “We are thrilled to produce these high-end refrigerators in the United States.”

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