General Electric to add 75 Louisville jobs ahead of Haier sale - WDRB 41 Louisville News

General Electric to add 75 Louisville jobs ahead of Haier sale

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GE Appliance Park Zoneline production line, January 2016 GE Appliance Park Zoneline production line, January 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- General Electric's Louisville-based appliance division will add 85 corporate jobs -- about 75 in Louisville -- in preparation for its acquisition this year by the Haier Group of China.

GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman said the positions -- in areas like information technology, finance, marketing and sales -- are necessary to replace services the Louisville-based division currently receives from its corporate parent, General Electric.

Some of the jobs will be added before the Haier deal closes in the "mid" part of this year; some after the sale, Freeman said.

"This is part of the cost and everything that is associated with us becoming a standalone business," she said.

Haier, which has little presence in the United States, has said GE's appliance division will continue to be based in Louisville following the $5.4 billion purchase and led by CEO Chip Blankenship and the current management team.

That differs from the now-defunct plan to sell the appliance division to Sweden-based Electrolux, which has an extensive U.S. footprint and would have absorbed GE Appliances into its Charlotte-based U.S. operations.

"Now we are establishing our own systems, and we will be operating as a standalone and there is nothing to integrate with," she said. "All the services we get from GE corporate are what we have to replace."

The handful of non-Louisville based jobs that will be added are sales positions based in various places around the country, she said.

Louisville Business First, WDRB's media partner, first reported the additional jobs Friday.

The job opening can be viewed on www.ge.com/careers and filtering for "GE Lighting" and "Kentucky."

To go directly to the openings, click here.

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