GE Appliances is planning to open a new Southeast distribution center in Commerce, creating 100 jobs.
As part of a $55 million investment, the household appliance maker hopes construction of the new center will be completed in April 2019, according to a Thursday, June 16, press release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.
“We are so excited to welcome GE Appliances to Commerce,” Commerce Mayor Clark Hill said. “Their investment in this community will bring quality jobs and open the Highway 98 corridor to a great future of quality growth.
“There is no doubt that this will provide significant support to the Commerce City Schools, and we look forward to adding our newest corporate citizen with the GE brand that we all know so well.”
Tom Crow, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, said the county’s “strategic location, strong workforce and quality of life continue to attract significant investment from well-recognized companies like GE Appliances.”
Deal said Georgia’s “business-friendly climate continues to attract manufacturing leaders such as GE Appliances while driving significant investment opportunities across the state.”
“By utilizing our highly-skilled workforce and business-ready transportation infrastructure, the company will strengthen its competitive edge and reach customers throughout the Southeast. We value GE Appliances’ commitment to creating quality jobs in Georgia and look forward to strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said, “Industry leader GE Appliances is a welcome addition to our robust business community. This is a well-deserved win for Jackson County, and I applaud our local economic development partners for their diligence throughout this project.”
Mark Shirkness, vice president of distribution for GE Appliances, said the Southeast Region Area Distribution Center “will join the largest distribution network in the appliance industry with the ability to deliver products in three days or less to 90 percent of U.S. homes.
“We are proud to say our delivery and installation quality of service scores are best in class in the home goods category. This new facility in Jackson County will help us build on that record of delivering for our consumers.”
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, GE Appliances has 1,960 employees at Roper Corp. in LaFayette and 50 employees in Factory Service Operations in Atlanta.
Compiled from a governor’s office press release