LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - GE CEO, Jeff Immelt, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer were all part of a VIP tour of GE's grand opening for it's new French Door Refrigerator line.
It's a product worthy of some VIP attention. Not long ago, the facility where the line is housed sat empty with fears the entire Appliance Park would close doors. But with patience, union concessions and perseverance Appliance Park is turning into a gleaming U.S. success story.
600 employees were added to help get the new fridge out to stores by early summer. And with new product lines already running, Appliance Park President Chip Blankenship said the goal is to bring another 1,000 jobs to Louisville.
In a one-on-one interview with company CEO Jeff Immelt, he said success relies on doing what's right.
"It starts with doing great consumer research, investing in features. In the U.S. Today, our labor is still more expensive here, but if we can use great systems of productivity we can be competitive with products made anywhere in the world. And that's the way I look at it. I don't run a charity. I want a competitive company." Immelt said.
Part of that consumer research is what you see in this new French Door Refrigerator design. It has a seamless water dispensing unit, with hands-free auto fill capabilities and a hot water option. Plus it's the first filtration system to filter out pharmaceuticals commonly found in our water sources.
The refrigerator will be available early summer with price tags ranging from $1699 to $2999.
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