GE Appliances signs multi-year smart home deal with Google Cloud

GE Appliances has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Google Cloud
to build the next generation of smart home technologies.

The partners will combine their expertise – GE Appliances in hardware and Google Cloud in data, artificial intelligence, analytics, and machine learning – to deliver new smart home technologies and improved experiences.

GE Appliances notes that it will benefit from Google Cloud’s seamless integration with other Google platforms and technologies such as Android and Google Assistant while also being able to tap into powerful capabilities like Vision AI.

Google’s cloud platform will also enable GE Appliances to enhance its AI-enabled intelligent product platform that can help manage fleets of appliances and decrease unplanned downtime.

GE Appliances to Celebrate Completion of 245-Plus-Job Expansion

Gov. Andy Beshear joined executives from GE Appliances, a Haier company, to celebrate the completion of the company’s $60 million expansion at its global headquarters in Louisville to add 4-door refrigerator production, a project creating more than 245 full-time jobs.

“GE Appliances has a long history as an innovator and jobs-creator here in Louisville, and with today’s announcement is showing a renewed commitment to our commonwealth, our people and our growing manufacturing industry,” Gov. Beshear said. “With more than 245 new manufacturing jobs for Kentuckians, we are furthering our positive momentum and growth as we continue to build an economy that works for every Kentucky family.”

GE Appliances’ expansion at Building 5 in Appliance Park, located at 4000 Buechel Bank Road, boosts the company’s high-end refrigeration profile, as it introduces production of 4-door refrigerators to its U.S. operations. The plant also is adding new quad-door and counter-depth models to its assembly capabilities. As well, the investment signifies the completion of the company’s domestic conversion to next-generation refrigerants, which offer consumers more environmentally friendly options by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Since 2016, GE Appliances has invested $1 billion in new products, technology and its U.S. operations and created more than 2,000 new jobs, with close to 1,000 new jobs in Louisville,” said Kevin Nolan, president and CEO for GE Appliances. “We are committed to growing our manufacturing footprint in the United States to serve customers and owners faster and better. This investment demonstrates our focus on becoming the leading appliance manufacturer in the U.S. We’re thrilled to produce these high-demand refrigerants in the United States for the first time.”

Bill Good, vice president of manufacturing at GE Appliances, commended the company’s existing workforce for helping make the expansion possible.

“The completion of this investment shines a light on the dedication of our workforce,” Good said. “The plant expansion was completed during COVID, while suppliers and vendors were unable to travel to the plant and product demand was at record levels. Our teams worked tirelessly every weekend to ensure progress without disrupting production.”

Appliance Park in Louisville is GE Appliances’ largest manufacturing operation, with more than 6 million square feet for production of washers, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators.

Appliance Park sits on 750 acres in southern Jefferson County, where GE Appliances began production in 1953. The campus serves as GE Appliances’ headquarters, and includes marketing, sales and support functions. Appliance Park also houses the company’s technology and engineering center, industrial design, distribution center and warehouse operations. GE Appliances employs more than 7,100 people full time at Appliance Park and a nearby call center.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer commented on the company’s continued growth and significant job creation.

“GE Appliances, a Haier Company, is an institution in our community, and throughout the years, it has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the city of Louisville and our residents. Over the past three years, it’s been exciting to watch as the company has added more than 1,000 jobs, proving that Louisville’s rich manufacturing tradition remains an important economic driver for our city,” Mayor Fischer said. “Today, we applaud the continued investment in Louisville with the $60 million refrigeration plant expansion. It’s clear, the future of manufacturing is being assembled here.”

Appliance Park is among approximately 4,500 manufacturing-related facilities in Kentucky, which employ about 260,000 Kentuckians statewide. The state excels as a national leader in manufacturing, with about 13% of its workforce holding a job in the sector compared to the U.S. average of 8.5%.

GE Appliances’ investment and planned job creation furthers recent economic momentum in the commonwealth, as the state surges ahead following the effects of the pandemic.

Earlier this month, thanks to strong fiscal management by the Beshear administration, the state budget office reported the commonwealth ended the 2021 fiscal year with a general fund surplus of over $1.1 billion – the highest ever in the commonwealth – and a 10.9% increase in general fund receipts to $12.8 billion.

Last month, Gov. Beshear announced Kentucky’s year-to-date private-sector new-location and expansion figures, which include over $2 billion in total planned investment and the creation of 4,000-plus full-time jobs across the coming years. Through May, Kentucky’s average incentivized hourly wage is $23.15 before benefits, a 4.7% increase over the previous year.

In May, Moody’s Analytics published a positive economic outlook for Kentucky, noting mass vaccination as the driving force behind a sustained recovery in consumer services. The state’s recovery, Moody’s said, benefited from earlier reopening efforts and increased demand for manufactured goods over services. The report also found Kentucky’s manufacturing industry outperformed the nation’s since the national downturn last year.

Fitch Ratings in May improved the state’s financial outlook to stable, reflecting the commonwealth’s solid economic recovery. The state’s April sales tax receipts set an all-time monthly record at $486.5 million, as did vehicle usage tax receipts at over $64 million.

In March, Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for 2020 positioned Kentucky atop the South Central region, and third nationally, for qualifying projects per capita. The commonwealth also placed seventh overall in total projects, the highest of any state with a population under 5 million. Site Selection also recently placed Kentucky in a tie for fifth in its 2021 Prosperity Cup rankings, positioning the state among the national leaders for business climate.

GE Appliances celebrates business transformation

CEO Kevin Nolan and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer recognized GE Appliances’ remarkable business transformation over the last five years by renaming the loop at Appliance Park to GEA Way. The “GEA Way” reflects our better way of doing business and the winning approach underway since 2016 that’s resulted in:
✅ Double-digit growth
✅ $1 billion in U.S. investments
✅ 2,000 American jobs created
✅ Meaningful investments in local communities
✅ New, innovative microenterprises and more. 

Along with the ceremonial street naming, Mayor Fischer declared today “GEA Way Day.”

GE Appliances Shuts The Door On Odor With Revolutionary New UltraFresh Front Load Washer

The laundry team at GE Appliances, a Haier company, announced a new, revolutionary laundry system designed to help prevent the biggest complaint in front load washers. The UltraFresh Front Load washers, engineered to stay fresh and clean, use first-of-its-kind technology to help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria without the need for owners to wipe down their machine or leave the door open after each load.

The revolutionary new UltraFresh Front Load washer from GE Appliances is engineered using first-of-its-kind technology to shut the door on odor.
The revolutionary new UltraFresh Front Load washer from GE Appliances is engineered using first-of-its-kind technology to shut the door on odor.
Front load washing machines were designed for high-efficiency operation – they use the least water and energy, are gentler on clothes and have more capacity; however, 46 percent of consumers say that mold or odor is their top frustration when it comes to considering front load washers and many do not want to leave the door open to avoid the problem. In fact, one in two front load owners move back to top load washers because of smell and associated maintenance.

“Consumers are searching for solutions and coming up with ways to put a bandage on the issue, like cleaning the washer after each use, wiping down the gasket and most commonly propping the door open,” said Peter Pepe, Vice President, Product Management for laundry at GE Appliances. “Our new UltraFresh Front Load washer is the first in the industry to solve for the issues that lead to stink, making care and maintenance along with laundry chores much easier for the consumer.”

GE Appliances dedicated two-and-a-half years to innovation and testing to create a built-in solution to Drain, Dry and Defend.

Drain the residual water: Moisture is the enemy when it comes to keeping a washer fresh and clean. GE Appliances developed a wider gasket that is angled to allow water to fully drain after the wash cycle.
Dry while keeping the door closed: The new UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ creates a revolutionary new airflow at the touch of a button. After the wash cycle, the unit pulls in and circulates fresh air, removing moisture from the door, gasket and basket.
Defend with exclusive Microban® technology: The global leader in antimicrobial additives and odor control solutions developed a unique antimicrobial technology exclusively for the GE UltraFresh Front Load washers. Microban’s technology is built into the gasket, dispenser and pump during manufacturing to help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria in parts of the washer where moisture could linger.
The new UltraFresh Front Load washers also introduce a variety of exciting features driven by consumer data and insights to make laundry easier and more enjoyable, including:

New Colors: Two new matte finishes – Satin Nickel and Sapphire Blue – join White and Diamond Gray to meet changing consumer color preferences. Matte finishes are at the forefront of design and help to create laundry rooms that no longer get banished to basements.
SmartDispense: Holds an entire bottle of liquid laundry detergent and senses the weight and fibers contained within each load, releases the perfect amount of detergent to do the job— without the mess of measuring or the need to store the bottle. Fill it and forget it for up to 32 loads.
Flexible Doors: Both the washer and dryer doors can be reversed to adapt to each laundry room’s configuration, making load-out and load-in to the dryer easier.
Large Capacity: holds more pants, towels and bedding with larger capacity offered in a shallow footprint.
Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT)™: New balancing technology in the machines keeps cycles quiet and efficient by proactively sensing balanced loads before accelerating spin speeds.
Smart: UltraFresh Front Load washers and dryers are WiFi connected allowing for a remote start – so clothes don’t sit all day waiting to be moved from the washer to the dryer. Washer Link connects to the dryer to automatically modify cycle settings based on the most recent wash cycle completed.

LG Licenses Advanced Refrigerator Technologies To GE Appliances LG Grants Use of Door-Ice Making Patents for Premium Refrigerators

LG Electronics (LG) is licensing its patented refrigerator door-ice making technology for use in refrigerators sold by GE Appliances, which Haier acquired in 2016. Terms were not disclosed.

The license agreement follows months of negotiations over GE Appliances’ use of LG’s patented technologies. The agreement underscores the value of LG’s patent portfolio and the company’s leadership in home appliances with more than 400 patents related to door-ice making technology.

LG’s patented door-ice making technology allows for slim and sleek profile designs that maximize usable space inside the refrigerator.
LG’s patented door-ice making technology allows for slim and sleek profile designs that maximize usable space inside the refrigerator.
This door-ice making technology takes up less room than a conventional refrigerator ice maker and frees up more space for food storage in the refrigeration compartment.
This door-ice making technology takes up less room than a conventional refrigerator ice maker and frees up more space for food storage in the refrigeration compartment.
LG’s patented door-ice making technology allows for slim and sleek profile designs that maximize usable space inside the refrigerator. This door-ice making technology takes up less room than a conventional refrigerator ice maker and frees up more space for food storage in the refrigeration compartment.

“Our desire to deliver more convenience and functionality to customers drives us to develop innovative new core technologies such as our door-ice making inventions,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “At the same time, as seen in this major patent licensing agreement, LG is committed to actively protecting our intellectual property.”

About LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company
The LG Home Appliance & Air Solution Company is a global leader in home appliances, smart home solutions, air quality systems as well as visionary products featuring artificial intelligence. The company is creating total solutions for the home with its industry leading core technologies and is committed to making life better for consumers around the world by developing thoughtfully designed kitchen appliances, living appliances and air solution products. Together, these products deliver enhanced convenience, superb performance, efficient operation and compelling health benefits. For more information, visit

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GE expand refrigerator plant

Work has started on a $115 million expansion of the GE Appliances refrigerator plant in Decatur that will bring greater production capacity and more jobs, said its manager.

The investment in a new building and equipment was announced by the company in late June at the facility on Point Mallard Drive Southeast that opened in 1977.

“(The project) will add over 250 jobs to the facility,” said Renee Story, the plant’s manager, and enable it to increase production capacity by roughly 25 percent.

“It will allow us to have flexibility in our production lines in order to meet the changing demands of our customers,” said Story, who’s been with GE Appliances for more than 23 years, most of that time in Decatur.

Story in June said the plant consistently produces more than 1 million top-mounted freezer refrigerators a year. The company does not release more detailed production figures, said Julie Wood, a spokeswoman with GE Appliances, which was acquired by Haier Group in 2016.

Site work, including the installation of utilities and stormwater piping, has been completed for the new 40,000-square-foot building that will be on the northeast corner of the site, Story said.

“We’re anticipating steel to arrive in late November,” Story said. “We expect to be done (with construction) in the first quarter” of 2019.

She expects production will start in the new building in roughly two phases, around midyear in 2019 and the end of the year.

The plant produces GE and Hotpoint brand top-freezer refrigerators.

Story said the plant now has about 980 full-time hourly employees and 54 full-time salaried employees, and a fluctuating number of contract workers.

It’s the largest employer in Morgan County for a single location, according to the Morgan County Economic Development Association

“It’s an impressive event when one of your largest, legacy manufacturing companies chooses to make such a substantial investment and add hundreds of new jobs in Morgan County,” said Jeremy Nails, MCEDA’s president and CEO. “This expansion helps ensure their presence in our community for years to come.”

Wood said the majority of the 250 new positions will be entry-level production employees, with some salaried employees and technical support.

Applications are being accepted for the first round of manufacturing production jobs for the expansion.

Initially “we intend to hire at least 50 employees,” Story said. “We would love for them to start mid-January or so.”

Since May, GE Appliances has invested more than $475 million in expansions, creating more than 1,000 new U.S. jobs, Wood said. These investments are part of the company’s growth strategy to become the No. 1 appliance manufacturer in the United States, she said.

“The Decatur plant is an exemplary plant in many ways,” Wood said. “It’s the perfect place for this new investment

Little Swan

GE Appliances and China-based washing machine maker Little Swan have been working cooperatively to “promote development and sale of large-capacity front-loading” washers in the United States.

Little Swan, which is the Laundry Division of appliance maker Midea and goes by the acronym WET, has long served as a contract manufacturer of GE Appliances front-load washing machines sold in the United States. However, GE has opened its own United States plants to make front-load washers; it is not clear to what extent WET will continue to supply GE with front load washers.