Louisville, Ky. – GE Appliances is adding a heating and air conditioning unit to its manufacturing line up at its Louisville plant.
Production of GE Zoneline, a through-the-wall model used mainly in the hotel and motel industry, will start in the first quarter of 2016. The new product is part of a $250 million investment GE is making in the three-year period ending in 2016 at its Appliance Park manufacturing location in Louisville.
GE Zoneline PTAC models were made at Appliance Park from 1961 until 1987 when manufacture of the product was outsourced overseas. The new Zoneline units are the second new product platform brought to Appliance Park in nearly 50 years. . The first was GeoSpring, introduced in 2012 as part of a $1 billion investment GE made in its U.S. appliance manufacturing facilities.
Of the $250 million being invested in Appliance Park, $40 million has been used to build the new Zoneline production line. One hundred operators will man the line, 75 of whom will occupy new jobs.
“The existing Zoneline products have served our customers well, but as the hotel/motel industry becomes increasingly more competitive, customers are looking for every advantage to ensure their guests have the best experience possible,” said Liz VerSchure, product general manager for consumer comfort. “We have taken the most important aspects of heating and cooling the traveler’s room into account with our new design, so both the guests and our customers can rest easy at night. Plus, with new design and appearance improvements, it looks great.”