We received some exciting news from GE Appliances recently. Instead of moving more jobs to China (GEA is, after all, a Chinese company now), GE is investing more in their Decatur, AL refrigerator plant! Some had speculated that Haier production would supplant stateside models but whether due to logistics, quality or Trump trade policies, this doesn’t appear to be happening at all. And that’s good for GE Appliances!
Here’s the official message we received on 6/29/18.
We in the GEA sales organization have long known our Decatur Top Freezer Refrigerator plant makes terrific refrigerators. In my opinion, as a former Refrigerator Marketing Manager, it is the best refrigerator factory in the world. The quality has always been world-class and the team in Decatur takes terrific ownership in every refrigerator they deliver. The biggest challenge at Decatur has been capacity. We sell all they can make and, together, we could sell more if we had them. Well, here we go. We are doubling down on Decatur, investing $115M to expand the output by 25% and adding 255 new jobs. Wow!
We will also be investing into our Camden plant to make brand new products and expand our Made in America footprint. More details on this investment in the days ahead. These are great examples of GE Appliances, a Haier company investing into the future of our business.
What? Yes, you read right! The best refrigerator factory in the world might be right here in little ole Decatur, AL! We’re glad it’s going to stay.