ATLANTA—GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, recently announced three significant investment and job growth initiatives in Georgia that will significantly expand the company’s operations in the state.
GE Appliances (www.geappliances.com) makes products that include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, and water filtration systems.
The company’s initiatives include a $43 million investment in the company’s Roper Corporation facility in Walker County, creating 100 new jobs; a $32 million investment to build a new Southern Logistics Center in Murray County that will create 100 new jobs; and in Jackson County, a new $55 million smart warehouse that is expected to create 100 new jobs.
“Georgia has been a longtime home for GE Appliances,” said Kevin Nolan, chief executive officer for GE Appliances, in a statement. “Our goal continues to be to become the leading major appliance business in the U.S. These investments and job expansions will help us do just that.”
The $43 million investment in the company’s affiliate, Roper Corporation, in Walker County is to create new manufacturing capacity and launch several new cooking products. This investment is expected to create 100 new jobs, which will move total GEA jobs at the facility to more than 2,000 employees. Roper produces cooktops, free-standing ranges, and wall ovens under the Monogram®, Café™, GE Profile™, and GE® brands.
The $32 million investment to build a new Southern Logistics Center in Murray County has been designed to take advantage of Georgia’s decision to expand the Port of Savannah to handle large trans-Pacific container ships, reducing reliance on cross-country trucking from West Coast ports. Connecting the port at Savannah by rail to the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) in Northwest Georgia brings the benefits of the maritime port some 388 miles inland. This investment and the 100 new jobs that it creates is expected to bring numerous opportunities to the Murray County area.
“I am very pleased with the performance of our industrial development authority and all involved with the project,” said Murray County Sole Commissioner Greg Hogan. “This will bring a diverse job mix and a welcomed new investment to our community. With the opening of the Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County in August of 2018, we are anticipating more opportunities such as this. The quality of jobs and investment this project is bringing to our community is just the beginning of a long corporate citizenship we want to achieve in Murray County.”
In Jackson County, the new $55 million GE Appliances Southeast Region Appliance Distribution Center represents cutting-edge distribution technology. Blending digital intelligence with agility, the Center is anticipated to create 100 high-quality new jobs and is a core pillar of GEA’s strategy to strengthen its national leadership position in distribution.