GE Appliances announced Monday that it would be bringing 400 jobs and $200 million in investments to Louisville, Kentucky, to expand its existing dishwasher and laundry machine manufacturing facilities.
Haier Company, the Chinese parent company of GE Appliances, said in a statement Monday that it would invest $200 million in the facility to add a washer and dryer model to its production line, increase production for existing models by 20 percent, and increase production of plastic and stainless-steel dishwasher models by 35 percent.
“The investments we are making today continue our mission of creating product and production supersites where we can efficiently channel our innovation and manufacturing expertise by product line,” said Kevin Nolan, president and chief executive officer for GE Appliances.
The added manufacturing jobs would reportedly pay $14 an hour, and the company estimates the $200 million would go towards creating an additional 13,500 jobs in Kentucky.
GE Appliances—which had been sold by General Electric to Haier Company in 2016—has manufacturing facilities in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
The company’s Louisville facility employs about 6,000 of the 12,000 GE Appliances employees in the U.S.
GE Appliances announced in May it was investing $475 million in manufacturing, products, distribution, and more than 1,000 new jobs. The company contributes $4.6 billion to Kentucky’s economy and predicts it would contribute an additional $18 billion over the next five years.