“I was actually kind of disappointed,” she said. “I have a lot of friends at GE.” Knight also has a lot of GE products in the new house she decorated for Homearama 2014, the showcase of homes that the Building Industry Association of Louisville is staging in the Shakes Run subdivision July 12 to July 27.
“GE has an excellent reputation, excellent quality product,” Knight said. “People that stand behind the product.”
GE’s cooperative arrangements with the University of Louisville allow engineers from the Speed School to learn and earn credits on-site. The microwave oven in Knight’s Homearama project is, indirectly, a product of First Build - a lab designed to create smaller appliances to serve smaller living spaces on UofL’s campus.
“We have an awesome relationship that we expect to continue for many years to come,” UofL spokesman Mark Hebert said. “Any speculation that that would change is just that; speculation.”
Mayor Greg Fischer reiterated Louisville’s support for GE’s Appliance Park during an appearance Thursday, but said the facility’s fate is out of his hands.
“There's really nothing the city or state can do,” Mayor Fischer explained. “These are large, multinational corporations making their moves. So what we can do is just do a good job every day. As long as they do that, the future usually takes care of itself regardless of who the owner is.”
“If they’re manufactured in this town, then we’re supporting people in this town,” Pusateria saPusateri’s what we would like to do.”
Thursday’s online edition of the Wall Street Journal cites an un-named source suggesting GE’s Board of Directors will discuss a sale proposal at a meeting next week. GE managers have declined comment on what they term rumors and speculation.
“No one likes change,” Dumstorf said. “And we’ve been trying to get through the last four years of a recession, so being thrown this curve ball is probably not what we want. But at the same time, you know, they have to do what they have to do.”