LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A member of President Obama's administration made a stop at GE's Appliance Park Wednesday. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations for the U.S. Department of Commerce Ro Khanna toured the facility that's leading the nation in the development of smart products.
He said what's going on inside Building #3 is a great story of success. We got to go inside with Khanna for a tour and see the re-designed lines making dishwashers. GE says the new design is more cost efficient and makes the company more competitive.
This is part of a big investment by GE. The company is spending $760 million in Louisville on new product development. The goal is create 1,000 to 1,300 jobs at Appliance Park by 2014. In October we told you about the new refrigerator line.
Khanna says President Obama wants to see manufacturing grow. The President talked about it during his State of the Union address. He announced a plan to double exports over the next five years.
"The biggest factor is that American made goods are still the best in the world. People still want made in America as a symbol of quality and reliability, and I think economics allow for manufacturers to still make things here," Khanna said.
In addition to the dishwasher and refrigerator lines, GE is also developing new water heater and washer and dryer platforms. Plants in Indiana, Alabama, and Tennessee are also being redesigned.