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First high-efficiency washers now being produced at Appliance Park

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Production of General Electric's first high-efficiency washer is underway at Appliance Park.  It's another move to secure the plant's future in Louisville.

2012 has been a very good year for GE in Louisville.  The new washing machine is a $60 million investment that has brought about 150 new jobs to Building One.  It's part of an $800 million investment in Appliance Park during the past several years, and that's brought 1500 production jobs.

"It means a lot of job security," says production line worker Anitra Wiggins, "I mean there are 150 people on this line that would not have a job if this product had not come to GE."

Production also began this year on a new hybrid water heater, an new bottom-freezer refrigerator, and a dishwasher. 

Product General Manager Peter Pepe said Tuesday, "What we've developed over the last couple of years to serve the new high-efficiency market...is the largest growing segment of the industry.  They are more energy-efficient products, and we decided to invest in that product category.

There's more to come in 2013, as another new production line is scheduled to open at Appliance Park to manufacture front-load washing machines and dryers.

"It is good to know I have a job and will for the future," says line worker Nathan Hall.

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