Where are GE appliances made?
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Where are GE appliances made?

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According to the General Electric website, GE appliances are made in the United States of America. The company claims to have created 21,000 American jobs while investing $1 billion in plants, equipment and technology. GE is also responsible for the jobs of parts suppliers throughout the country.

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In 1951, GE constructed Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. The manufacturing facility occupied 1,000 acres and employed 25,000 full-time employees. Work was completed in six buildings, each one of them dedicated to a different appliance. In the beginning, Appliance Park was an entirely self-sufficient city; it was so large that Louisville assigned Appliance Park its own zip code.

GE did not remain immune to the outsourcing trend in the late 20th century. Low wages in countries like China, Vietnam, Mexico and the Philippines reduced manufacturing costs and lured American companies overseas. In 2009, attention turned back to manufacturing in the United States due to rising wages overseas and increased transportation costs.

On September 8, 2014, General Electric agreed to sell GE Appliances & Lighting to the Swedish appliance manufacturer Electrolux. The deal combined Electrolux's existing U.S. appliance brand, Frigidaire, with GE's many appliances. Electrolux agreed to continue using G.E. appliance brand names for marketing purposes.

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