GE expands in north Georgia, adding 300 jobs
A significant expansion by GE Appliances includes $43 million invested in the company’s Roper Corporation facility in Walker County, which will create 100 new jobs; a $32 million investment to build a new Southern Logistics Center in Murray County that will create another 100 new jobs, and in Jackson County, a new $55 million smart warehouse creating 100 new jobs.
“Thanks to corporate partners like GE Appliances, we are seeing greater investment and job growth in every part of our state,” said Governor Kemp. “These jobs in Murray, Walker, and Jackson counties will provide greater opportunity for hardworking Georgians, and we’re very excited to announce GE’s expanded footprint in north Georgia.”
“Georgia has been a longtime home for GE Appliances,” said Kevin Nolan, chief executive officer for GE Appliances. “Our goal continues to be to become the leading major appliance business in the U.S. These investments and job expansions will help us do just that.”
In Walker County, the $43 million investment in the company’s affiliate, Roper Corporation, is to create new manufacturing capacity and launch several new cooking products. This investment will create 100 new jobs, which will move total GEA jobs at the facility to more than 2,000 employees. Roper produces cooktops, free-standing ranges, and wall ovens under the Monogram, Café, GE Profile, and GE brands.
The Murray County $32 million investment will help build a new Southern Logistics Center, designed to take advantage of Georgia’s decision to expand the Port of Savannah to handle large trans-Pacific container ships, reducing reliance on cross-country trucking from West Coast ports. Connecting the port at Savannah by rail to the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) in Northwest Georgia brings the benefits of the maritime port some 388 miles inland.