LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A product once made at GE Appliance Park in Louisville is making a return to the facility. GE Zoneline, a through-the-wall heating and air conditioning unit used mainly in the hotel industry, will once again be made at GE Appliance Park beginning in the first quarter of 2016, the company announced on Wednesday.
GE Zoneline PTAC models were made at Appliance Park from 1961 until 1987 when manufacture of the product was outsourced overseas, GE said. The new Zoneline units will be manufactured in the same building as the GeoSpring hybrid water heaters. They will become the second new product platform brought to Appliance Park in nearly 50 years. The first was GeoSpring, introduced in 2012 as part of a $1 billion investment GE made in its U.S. appliance manufacturing facilities.
The reintroduction of Zoneline is part of a $250 million investment GE Appliances is making in Louisville over a three-year period ending in 2016. $40 million of that money was used to build the new Zoneline production line, the company said. One-hundred operators will staff the line, 75 of whom will occupy new jobs.
The best candidates for these jobs, which will start at $15.51 per hour, are people with Certified Production Technician (CPT) training or previous manufacturing experience, according to Mayor Greg Fischer's office.
The CPT training is available at no charge through Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center. Successful completion puts individuals first in line for the GE jobs as well as other manufacturing jobs across the region.
New classes start Nov. 2 in Louisville, and for the first time in Shelby and Bullitt Counties, with mandatory orientation sessions in October.
"This free training is a wonderful opportunity for our citizens to get the skills they need for good jobs with highly competitive wages and excellent benefits," Fischer said.
For more information, call the Career Center at 276-9711, ext. 4001, and ask about the upcoming Certified Production Technician Certificate classes.